Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary


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

Simple Definition of omnipotent

  • : having complete or unlimited power

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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



Examples of omnipotent in a sentence

  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>

Did You Know?

The word omnipotent made its way into English through Anglo-French, but it ultimately derives from the Latin prefix omni-, meaning "all," and the word potens, meaning "potent." The omni- prefix has also given us similar words such as omniscient (meaning "all-knowing") and omnivorous (describing an animal that eats both plants and other animals). Although omnipotent is used in general contexts to mean "all-powerful" (as in "an omnipotent warlord"), its original applications in English referred specifically to the power held by an almighty God. The word has been used as an English adjective since the 14th century; since 1600 it has also been used as a noun referring to one who is omnipotent.

Origin and Etymology of omnipotent

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

First Known Use: 14th century



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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of omnipotent

(see 1omnipotent)

First Known Use: 1600

OMNIPOTENT Defined for Kids


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

Definition of omnipotent for Students

  1. :  having power or authority without limit :  almighty

Learn More about omnipotent

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up omnipotent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


of or relating to the heavens

Get Word of the Day daily email!


Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!


Which is a synonym of asperse?

placate beat defame divulge
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.