plen·​i·​tude | \ ˈple-nə-ˌtüd How to pronounce plenitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of plenitude

1 : the quality or state of being full : completeness
2 : a great sufficiency : abundance

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Plenitude was first recorded in English during the 15th century and ultimately comes to us from "plenus," the Latin word for "full." "Plenus" has also given us "plenty," which in turn influenced a variation on "plenitude": "plentitude." Some usage commentators have objected to "plentitude," but it has been in use since the early 1600s and has appeared in the works of such writers as Henry James and Sir Walter Scott. Both words are used in the same sorts of contexts, but "plentitude" is not used as frequently as "plenitude."

Examples of plenitude in a Sentence

She has gathered a plenitude of information on the topic. there's a plenitude of natural beauty in the state
Recent Examples on the Web With its plenitude of dark wood, hard edges and black lacquer, the Asian style ran the risk of overwhelming Dr. Greenberg’s 740-square foot apartment, located on the 18th floor of a 1960s building. Eric Andersson, WSJ, "The Chinese Art Deco Look: Too Ornate for a Tiny Apartment?," 31 Jan. 2020 It was sold in 2016 to J. Daren Metropoulos, an heir to the Hostess fortune, but not without a plenitude of ugly stories — and a bacteria buildup in the famous grotto pools that caused an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Jessica Bennett, New York Times, "Will the Millennials Save Playboy?," 2 Aug. 2019 As full as some of us are from both, the chef’s additions to the plenitude are appreciated. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Via Sophia brings twists to Italian dining at a downtown hotel," 16 Oct. 2019 Listeners sent funds to Gauthier after being told by the host that there was a plenitude of real estate investment opportunities. Aaliyah Gibson,, "Scams and shams: The biggest frauds in business," 1 Nov. 2019 This philosophy later inspired the Völkisch movement, a youthful revolt against capitalist modernity that preached a return to the land, and to the wholeness, purity, and plenitude of rural peasant life. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, "Why White Supremacists Are Hooked on Green Living," 24 Sep. 2019 In this era of plenitude and choice and disruptive technology, what is permissible, what is forbidden and what is flouting the letter of religious law? Washington Post, "Shalt thou eat an Impossible Burger? Religious doctrine scrambles to catch up to new food technology.," 12 Sep. 2019 His prose is a pageant of wonder, expressing plenitude, not poverty. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "An Ode to Holiday Companionship," 21 Dec. 2018 Among the plenitude of treasures that put the shine on Hollywood’s golden age were six films directed by Josef von Sternberg starring Marlene Dietrich. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "‘Dietrich & Von Sternberg in Hollywood’ Review: Mining Cinema’s Golden Age," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of plenitude

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plenitude

Middle English plenitude, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin plenitudo, from plenus

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“Plenitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plenitude

: a large number or amount of something
: the state of being full or complete

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