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Word of the Day: Plenipotentiary

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Today's word is:


|ˌplenəpəˈten sh ēˌerē; -ˈten sh ərē|

noun ( pl. -aries)

  • A person, esp. a diplomat, invested with the full power of independent action on behalf of their government, typically in a foreign country.


  • Having full power to take independent action : [ postpositive ] he represented the Japanese government in Seoul as minister plenipotentiary.
  • (of power) absolute.

ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin plenipotentiarius, from plenus 'full' + potentia 'power.'

Plenipotentiary... a more complicated way of saying ambassador. From my point of view the word bears a more powerful and dominant aura compared to it's synonym, and the origin explains very well how the word is formed ^^;

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