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Word: Plenipotentiary

Plenipotentiary [Adjective]

Sentence: The little country is San Marino, the tiny (24 square miles and 22,000 inhabitants) but venerable republic found slightly to the southwest of Rimini near Italy’s Adriatic coast. And its eminent representative in the United States is Detlev Baurs-Krey, who is San Marino’s newly appointed minister plenipotentiary at large. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Invested with full power

How To Remember?

Plenipotentiary” can be expanded as “Plenty Potential” which someone who has full power can easily claim to have!

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[Superman is the hero plenipotentiary, isn’t he? Well, almost!]

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Word: Requite

Requite [Verb]

Sentence: Mr. Doolittle sits on the Appropriations Committee, to which lobbyists and special interests have an attraction that borders on Pavlovian. No great drumbeating is needed to fill those campaign kitties. Like other lawmakers, Mr. Doolittle indulges ”earmarking” — the odious practice of delivering government contracts to favored pleaders who often requite with campaign contributions. (Source: www.democracy21.org)

Meaning: Make appropriate return for (a favor, service, or wrongdoing)

How To Remember?

If someone quite does you a favor, you re-quite him/her with a favor, you re-turn the favor. Remember thus!

Synonyms?

Avenge, Revenge, Return, Reciprocate; Recompense; Repay.

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Word: Gerontocracy

Gerontocracy [Noun]

Sentence: The culturally sensitive communities of 2025 will be seedbeds of gerontocracy: places where older people enjoy more power and privilege than they did before relocating. By and large, these communities will attract people who come from gerontocratic cultures: Koreans, Hindus, and older people from China and Japan. But in the absence of extended families, these new gerontocracies will honor people based on health, spirituality, or wisdom. (Source: www.questia.com)

Meaning: A state, political system, society, or group governed by old people

How To Remember? 

Gerontocracy” should remind us of our great grandfathers who, as was the norm, liked to dictate the way how their successive generations should lead their lives.

Remember thus!

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[“The Cuba gerontocracy seems likely to endure for years as a cycle repeats itself: old men replace very old men, as one analyst put it.” – thelede.blogs.nytimes.com]

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