alpha and omega

noun

Definition of alpha and omega 

1 : the beginning and ending

2 : the principal element

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That’s a fundamental reason the two are the alpha and omega of online streaming: neatly organized television-length (and TV-quality) programs versus an endless babel of mostly short bursts of video. Mike Hale, New York Times, "On Paid YouTube, Sci-Fi Comedy and the Grown-Up Karate Kid," 29 May 2018 This summer, all our thirst traps and sext exchanges are hereby sponsored by Rihanna, the alpha and omega of savage. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Rihanna’s Lingerie Line Will Inspire You to Be Your Thottiest Self," 11 May 2018 To hear of such things was to imagine a God who had long since abdicated all obligations toward his creation making a triumphant return in the guise of a software, an alpha and omega of zeroes and ones. Mark O'connell, Slate Magazine, "If Silicon Valley Types Are Scared of A.I., Should We Be?," 28 Feb. 2017 The working class, according to Bryce, should be the alpha and omega of the Democratic Party platform. David Freedlander, Slate Magazine, "“I Am a Working-Class Guy”," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of alpha and omega

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alpha and omega

from the fact that alpha and omega are respectively the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet

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