Definition of plenitude in US English:



  • 1An abundance.

    ‘the farm boasts a plenitude of animals and birds’
    • ‘During his residence he collected a plenitude of ethnographica for the ethnographical museums in Berlin, Leipzig, and Stuttgart.’
    • ‘Now that I'm doing my Ph.D. at Cambridge, things are a little different; greater flexibility to plan my schedule, a tremendous expanse of beautiful, open countryside, a plenitude of paths and pavements to explore.’
    • ‘A plenitude of maps and engravings documents these commonly distorted perspectives and traces the development of a more accurate understanding of the newfound lands.’
    • ‘What it did was give a plenitude of power to the executive which left no excuse for not confronting the deep and still unsolved problems created by the Revolution.’
    • ‘But ‘monarchs need an absence of direct toxins, a plenitude of milkweed, and a plenitude of nectar sources.’’
    • ‘A symbol is a ‘sign pregnant with a plenitude of meaning.’’
    • ‘But focusing on suffering fails to acknowledge the truth that the world is filled with the goodness of God, from the plenitude of air and fresh water to the tireless beating of our hearts and the intricacies of the immune system.’
    • ‘But it also jokes ambiguously about the plenitude of additional commitments that it would be possible to take on, and the importance one's works and days might then assume, if only the usual limits of time and space did not apply.’
    • ‘Just to give one example from a plenitude of possibilities: the case of Germany, currently powerhouse of European integration.’
    • ‘This British duo continues to rock with alluring sensitivity and a plenitude of pop sensibility.’
    • ‘We are dependent on the plenitude of products and services available to us that meet only our lowest expectations.’
    • ‘You could be anywhere, but something about the plenitude of lightly trafficked side roads, frequent villages, and everlasting plains running between parallel running mountains tells you you're in Bulgaria.’
    • ‘The important question, he feels, is how both doctors and patients deal with the plenitude of information and misinformation being circulated.’
    • ‘And the gambling, whether by charities or not, was illegal thanks to a plenitude of anti-gambling legislation originating from pious groups to the south.’
    • ‘I just want to be able to wake up in the morning and know that there is a plenitude of things out there to do and see and experience, and that all I have to do is walk out of my front door and find them.’
    • ‘He accommodates the reader with nine pages of Berlin history chronology, 55 illustrations, and a plenitude of notes, bibliography, and index.’
    • ‘Furthermore, access to the World Wide Web and global cyberculture will provide these generations with a plenitude of new ideas and new expectations.’
    • ‘We were talking earlier about the multitude of voices in your poems, and the plenitude of the tangible world in them.’
    • ‘Even then ski width was an ambiguous issue; no doubt the cause of chewed pipe-stems, depleted Scotch, and a plenitude of hacked boot soles.’
    • ‘He has a plenitude of potential, but no experience at peaking for a top show, having failed to place in his only other pro-qualifier attempt.’
    abundance, lot, mass, host, cornucopia, riot
    abundance, lot, large number, wealth, profusion, quantity, cornucopia, plethora, superabundance
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    1. 1.1 The condition of being full or complete.
      ‘the plenitude of the Pope's powers’
      • ‘Goldwater, in short, was a politician of ideas, not knee-jerk reaction or pork-barrel plenitude.’
      • ‘It was to be a science of man in all his plenitude, in his totality.’
      • ‘The actual future turned out to be one of material, individuating plenitude and not at all of minimalist class conformity.’
      • ‘Although we live in an age of aesthetic plenitude, we sometimes forget that our tastes may not be universal.’
      • ‘Quentin also recalls the ‘dirty’ Natalie, and his lost moment of intimate plenitude, which he in some way wants to recover through closeness with the unkempt Italian girl.’
      • ‘There is an extraordinary plenitude in Burt's book - critical, biographical, archival, even emotional.’
      • ‘Hospitality is more about attitude than plenitude, more about a listening ear than tea and talk.’
      • ‘But does this aesthetic plenitude really help?’
      • ‘In an up-period, there is an embarrassment of riches, too much to absorb and consume, a feeling of plenitude that seems to extend into any foreseeable future.’
      • ‘The dialogues explode with the plenitude of life.’
      • ‘That mirage, or intuition, revelation or dream opposes order to disorder, plenitude to emptiness, and to disgust wonder, hope, enthusiasm.’
      • ‘Despite this plenitude and the physical demands of their work, the men found they did not want to eat much food on patrol.’
      • ‘What he liked about these books was their sense of plenitude and economy.’
      • ‘They glimpse a non-Modernist abstraction that is about addition and plenitude, not reduction.’
      • ‘The ensuing years of plenitude and widespread international acceptance made the new Federal German Republic what the Weimar Republic had never been after the 1914-18 war: a success.’
      • ‘The cinema is characterised by an illusory sensory plenitude (there is ‘so much to see’) and yet haunted by the absence of those very objects which are there to be seen.’
      • ‘As the women evolve toward the acceptance and integration of their own opposites, they are rewarded by achieving that state of plenitude, happiness, and serenity which is associated with paradise.’
      • ‘The very expanse of his sentences, their twist and torque, is an American dream of plenitude.’
      • ‘The machines clone undeserving Mom from a lock of her hair preserved by Teddy, and David gets to spend one perfect day basking in the radiance of maternal plenitude.’
      • ‘The Franciscans' spirituality combined the Christian doctrine with the ideal of courtly joy as a trope for the friars' commitment to an interior life for the sake of divine plenitude.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin plenitudo, from plenus ‘full’.