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Empowerment
This study will focus on the word “empowerment” whose definition has become the basis
of extended debates throughout the years. Empowerment is a word that is utilized in the
vocabulary of a wide range of subjects. In this light, different interpretations of the word exist.
The word “empowerment” from the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has been defined as an
action associated with empowerment or the state a person is in when he/she is empowered. This
study will focus on the word’s etymology i.e. its linguistic history, its historical use, and its
present use for purposes of shedding light to its subjectivity.
It was first coined in this particular form in terms of its usage in the year 1849 (Nicola
19). However, its underlying verb “empower” has been in existence two hundred years before
the noun’s first use in 1849. A combination of French and Latin derivations brings forth the word
“empower.” “em” is an old French preposition whilst “power” is a noun. “Em” comes from the
Old French word “en.” At one point in history, the two were interchangeable words used to
describe the proposition “in.” On the other hand, the Latin derivation of the two had similar
meaning namely, “to come” or “to look.” According to Nicola, it is clear that the origins of the
word lie within the meaning of the preposition “in.” In” is a preposition used in the denotation
of space (24).
The use of the word “empower” first recorded use took form in Hamon L’Estrenge’s
book titled the “King Charles Reign” back in the seventeenth Century. Its initial use associated

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the act involved in licensing or authorizing. The author wrote, The Pope’s letters empowered
them in building the college (Nicola 29). The OED to date recognizes such definition as being
common, legal, and constitutional use of the word. Furthermore, a second definition as
acknowledged by the OED involves the acts of bestowing or imparting power towards a
particular purpose. This definition was first used in Milton’s book Paradise Lost published in
1667. The author wrote, “It is through their empowerment to fortify that we have reached this far
(Nicola 31)”. However, the OED also acknowledges the definitions that have become obsolete or
are rarely use in the English vocabulary. Among them is the meaning associated with the act of
bestowing power or assuming power. According to Nicola, there is a need to move away from
the connection initially implied between power and the word empowerment and move towards
the indirect interpretation as per the OED’s directive. It suggests that in terms of common usage,
empowerment is power acknowledgment being a means to an end rather than it being an end on
itself (39). Nicola suggests that power is an element of the word’s interpretation and the historic
and present definitions do not refute this position (35).
The present use of the word suggests that empowerment has no revolutionary
characteristics rather it is the power to act towards the eradication of form of oppression. These
acts of empowerment encompass the entirety of the population in question through standing
against oppressive pressures in a fair and free world. Present usage of the word is in line with
women empowerment, education, political empowerment, and community care. Bookman and
Morgen suggest that the definition of empowerment encompasses political activities involving
individuals or political organizations that resisting forces that impede the basic societal power
relations. In this light, the empowerment of women has been defined as the identification of

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Last Name 1 Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Code and Title Date of Submission Empowerment This study will focus on the word “empowerment” whose definition has become the basis of extended debates throughout the years. Empowerment is a word that is utilized in the vocabulary of a wide range of subjects. In this light, different interpretations of the word exist. The word “empowerment” from the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has been defined as an action associated with empowerment or the state a person is in when he/she is empowered. This study will focus on the word’s etymology i.e. its linguistic history, its historical use, and its present use for purposes of shedding light to its subjectivity. It was first coined in this particular form in terms of its usage in the year 1849 (Nicola 19). However, its underlying verb “empower” has been in existence two hundred years before the noun’s first use in 1849. A combination of French and Latin derivations brings forth the word “empower.” “em” is an old French preposition whilst “power” is a noun. “Em” comes from the Old French word “en.” At one point in history, the two were interchangeable words used to describe the proposition “in.” On the other hand, the Latin derivation of the two had similar meaning namely, “to come” or “to look.” According to Nicola, it is clear that the origins of the word lie within the meaning of the preposition “in.” “In” is a preposition ...
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