See also: plénitude
From Middle English plenitude, that borrowed from Anglo-Norman plenitude, Middle French plenitude, and their source, Latin plēnitūdō.
plenitude (countable and uncountable, plural plenitudes)
- Fullness; completeness. [from 15th c.]
- 1838, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Duty and Inclination, volume III, London: Henry Colburn, page 152:
- The idea that the love of Philimore had abated, when hers for him seemed in its plenitude, was a most severe aggravation of her misfortune.
- 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin, published 2003, page 393:
- Louis ignored him, recalling the parlements to the plenitude of their powers on 23 September.
- (heraldry and older astronomy) Fullness (of the moon). [from 19th c.]
- An abundance; a full supply. [from 17th c.]
- 1976, Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift, New York: Avon, →ISBN, page 156:
- Mankind's old greatness was created in scarcity. But what may we expect from plenitude?
- (philosophy) The metaphysical idea that the universe contains everything that is possible.
Borrowed from Latin plēnitūdō.
plenitude f (oblique plural plenitudes, nominative singular plenitude, nominative plural plenitudes)
- Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (plenitude, supplement)
- plenitude on the Anglo-Norman On-Line Hub