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Is replete used appropriately in the following sentence?

His office was like a Hollywood museum, replete with an autographed photo of Marilyn Monroe.

Or should replete only be used with categorical plurals, such as:

His office was like a Hollywood museum, replete with autographed photos of famous stars.

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If a room is replete with something, then it's full or abundantly supplied with it. If there's only one thing -- in this case, a picture of Marilyn Monroe -- then the room can't be replete with it.

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I'll just add to the other answers that the first sentence would be much better off with the other "plete" word, complete.

  • can we use replete and full interchangeably? – Jay Dangar Feb 14 at 13:11
  • @JayDangar replete with and full of would be fairly similar, although I wouldn't say they are completely synonymous. – Hellion Feb 14 at 13:38
  • so are sentences, "Tank is full of water" and "Tank is full with water", same?? – Jay Dangar Feb 14 at 13:42
  • "The tank is full of water" is the normal way to express that. You could also say "The tank has been filled with water". – Hellion Feb 14 at 13:52
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Given that replete means gorged, plentiful, stuffed. From the Latin repleo, meaning "to fill up".

I doubt a place can be replete with a single autograph.

However, I have seen it used in worse context.

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The more correct sentence is the second one.
The first sentence you wrote could be understood as describing a very small office, so small that a photograph would fill it.

You can use replete with a singular noun, as in

Sensational popular fiction, replete with adultery.

  • That still implies plenty of it. I don't see how you can have plenty of one photo. – TRiG Jun 8 '11 at 17:59
  • The OP didn't report he was trying to avoid a word that would imply "plenty of it." – kiamlaluno Jun 8 '11 at 18:07
  • It can be used - wrongly I think - to mean something that is so significant that it takes over the place. If the photo was exceptionally significant, it could be used in this form and be understood. – Schroedingers Cat Feb 1 '12 at 12:42

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