omnipotence

noun
om·​nip·​o·​tence | \ äm-ˈni-pə-tən(t)s How to pronounce omnipotence (audio) \

Definition of omnipotence

1 : the quality or state of being omnipotent
2 : an agency or force of unlimited power

Examples of omnipotence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The invisibility of editors and their decision-making can lend a false impression of omnipotence, especially in video. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The Bon Appetit test kitchen’s race problem," 27 Jan. 2020 The data are sobering for believers in managerial omnipotence. The Economist, "Data suggest José Mourinho is as likely to flop at Spurs as to succeed," 23 Nov. 2019 One of the most shocking takeaways from the report, published on Saturday (Nov. 16), was that despite the Chinese Communist Party’s and leader Xi Jinping’s display of omnipotence, there are cracks in the system. Jane Li, Quartz, "“He refused”: China sees online tributes to an official who freed Muslims in Xinjiang," 18 Nov. 2019 This cult of whiteness, its essentiality and omnipotence, is the straw that stirs and spreads the nationalist pixie dust. C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, "How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction," 1 Aug. 2019 His elimination of the term limits that would have required him to step down in 2022 did not grant him omnipotence. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Help Hong Kong by Defending Taiwan," 24 Aug. 2019 There’s a reason billionaires like to occupy the top floors of skyscrapers: Great heights confer a sense of power, of omnipotence even. Washington Post, "The 7 most spectacular views in D.C., ranked," 13 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of omnipotence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Omnipotence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/omnipotence. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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