omnipotence

noun
om·nip·o·tence | \ äm-ˈni-pə-tən(t)s \

Definition of omnipotence 

1 : the quality or state of being omnipotent

2 : an agency or force of unlimited power

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This omnipotence was to have insulated Mr. Celler from his own irrelevance. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "Before Ocasio-Cortez, the Elizabeth Holtzman Effect," 5 July 2018 The impunity solidified Moshe’s belief in his own omnipotence. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "4 Things You’ll Learn About the Murderous Nation of Yahweh on People Magazine Investigates: Cults," 22 June 2018 Declare its omnipotence over individual men that predict its eventual domination of all peoples on the earth. Fox News, "Conway: Denuclearization of North Korea benefits the world," 12 June 2018 Hulu Constance: Any time Gilead’s omnipotence becomes shaky, this show gets more interesting. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale reaches a tipping point in the powerful “After”," 30 May 2018 In those bathrooms, God wasn’t faceless omnipotence but proximate particulars, grout and soap — the things that had always been there, right in front of me. Leslie Jamison, Time, "When I Drank, I Knelt on the Bathroom Floor to Throw Up. When I Got Sober, I Did it to Pray," 4 Apr. 2018 Adrian Zenz, a German academic who has researched ethnic policy and the security state in China’s western province of Xinjiang, said the government craves omnipotence over a vast, complex and restive population. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Beijing bets on facial recognition in a big drive for total surveillance," 7 Jan. 2018 The director is often powerful to the point of omnipotence, but no one except special groups of insiders will ever think of the show as his. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, "Did Andrew Lloyd Webber Ruin the Musical or Rescue It?," 20 Feb. 2017 To read his account of the administration’s foreign policy is to yearn for an earlier era of American diplomacy, when blarney about the nation’s omnipotence was not permitted to substitute for realistic prudence. Jacob Heilbrunn, New York Times, "Yearning for an Earlier Era of American Diplomacy," 8 Dec. 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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