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omnipotent

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adjective om·nip·o·tent \äm-ˈni-pə-tənt\

Simple Definition of omnipotent

  • : having complete or unlimited power

Full Definition of omnipotent

  1. 1 often capitalized :  almighty 1

  2. 2 :  having virtually unlimited authority or influence <an omnipotent ruler>

  3. 3 obsolete :  arrant

om·nip·o·tent·ly adverb

Examples of omnipotent

  1. Rockefeller mostly left the uncertain task of drilling to thousands of independent producers, who then competed furiously to sell him crude oil at the cheapest possible price. As a result, he was loathed by the drillers, who saw him as an omnipotent deity shadowing their lives. —Ron Chernow, Vanity Fair, May 1998

  2. Whether or not the Big Bang truly implies that the universe was created out of nothing by an omnipotent deity in a wholly gratuitous act of love, it does demonstrate that the universe is, as philosophers say, contingent—that is, it need not have existed. —Jim Holt, Harper's, November 1994

  3. Tad fixes another round and by the time you all troop out of the bathroom you are feeling omnipotent. —Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City, 1984

  4. <the nearly universal religious belief that God is omnipotent and omniscient>



Origin of omnipotent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin omnipotent-, omnipotens, from omni- + potent-, potens potent


First Known Use: 14th century


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omnipotent

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noun om·nip·o·tent \äm-ˈni-pə-tənt\

Definition of omnipotent

  1. 1 :  one who has unlimited power or authority :  one who is omnipotent

  2. 2 capitalized :  god 1



Examples of omnipotent

  1. He pursued his own thoughts without heeding me. ‘Jane! you think me, I daresay, an irreligious dog: but my heart swells with gratitude to the beneficent God of this earth just now. … I did wrong: I would have sullied my innocent flower—breathed guilt on its purity: the Omnipotent snatched it from me.’ —Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1847



Origin of omnipotent

(see 1omnipotent)


First Known Use: 1600

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