all-pow·​er·​ful ˈȯl-ˈpau̇(-ə)r-fəl How to pronounce all-powerful (audio)
: having complete or sole power
an all-powerful leader

Examples of all-powerful in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of all-powerful was in 1597

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“All-powerful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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: having complete power
an all-powerful leader
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