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This week's theme: Words about diplomacy
plenipotentiary (plen-uh-puh-TEN-shee-er-ee, -shuh-ree)
noun: A person, such as a diplomatic agent, fully authorized to represent a government.
adjective: Invested with full power.
From Latin plenipotentiarius, from plenum (full) + potent (powerful).
"On Wednesday, Blair officially resigned as Britain's prime minister and
immediately took on the role of senior plenipotentiary for the so-called
Middle East Quartet -- the United States, the United Nations, the European
Union and Russia."
The man who thinks he can do without the world is indeed mistaken; but the man who thinks the world cannot do without him is mistaken even more. -Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld, writer (1613-1680)
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