Word of the Day Archive
Thursday November 22, 2001
repletion \rih-PLEE-shun\ , noun:
1. The condition of being completely filled or supplied.
2. Excessive fullness, as from overeating.
We have to earn silence, then, to work for it: to make it not an absence but a presence; not emptiness but repletion.
-- Pico Iyer, "The Eloquent Sounds of Silence", Time, January 1993
With distended belly and bursting waistcoat, his eyes glazed with repletion, he picks listlessly at his teeth with a fork.
-- Kenneth Rose, "Madness of King George's son", Daily Telegraph, November 14, 1998
He lay like a filthy leech, exhausted with his repletion.
-- Jeff Guinn, "The Ghoul, the Bad, the Ugly", Arizona Republic, June 7, 1999
Repletion is derived from Latin replere, "to fill again, to fill up," from re- + plere, " to fill." Plenty is a related word.