all-see·​ing | \ (ˈ)ȯl-¦sē-iŋ How to pronounce all-seeing (audio) \

Definition of all-seeing

: able to see or detect everything that is present or happening an all-seeing deity an all-seeing surveillance system He shows that the Gestapo was no all-seeing Orwellian presence terrorizing citizens into compliance.— David Gates, Newsweek, 6 Mar. 2000

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First Known Use of all-seeing

1562, in the meaning defined above

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