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plɛn ə pəˈtɛn ʃiˌɛr i, -ʃə ri/   [plen-uh-puhten-shee-er-ee, -shuh-ree] noun, plural -ar·ies, adjective


  1. a person, esp. a diplomatic agent, invested with full power or authority to transact business on behalf of another.


  1. invested with full power or authority, as a diplomatic agent.
  2. conferring or bestowing full power, as a commission.
  3. absolute or full, as power.

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Origin: 1635–45; < ML plēnipotentiārius. See plenipotent, -i-, -ary


I don’t even know why I glommed onto this particular word except that I heard it while watching a television show and it was used and I realized I had never heard it before and so there you are.

As you can see by the origin, it’s not a new word, haling back to the 17th century. I can’t help but wonder how often it was used back in 1635. It sounds like a political sort of word so it was probably bandied about around long tables by guys in wigs and hose with buckles on their shoes, but other than that probably not so much.

In any case, plenipotentiary is a good word to add to your arsenals. The next time you really want to suck up to your boss for instance, you can tell him (or her) that he has strong plenipotentiary potential. Or something. 

Grammar Punk Sentence: T A 4

Happily ensconced as the ambassador to the United Federated States of Micronesia, and justly proud of his newly minted pleniopetentiary status, Mario sincerely hoped no one declared war anytime soon.

All of you teachers of English, grammar, and writing, challenge your students to write a sentence containing the word pleniopetentiary and contains at least four words with the letters T and A. The rest of you can write one too. And share!