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Definition of omnipotent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 often capitalized : almighty sense 1
2 : having virtually unlimited authority or influence an omnipotent ruler
3 obsolete : arrant


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Definition of omnipotent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who has unlimited power or authority : one who is omnipotent
2 capitalized : god sense 1

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Synonyms: Adjective

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The word omnipotent made its way into English through Anglo-French, but it ultimately derives from the Latin prefix omni-, meaning "all," and the word potens, meaning "potent." The omni- prefix has also given us similar words such as omniscient (meaning "all-knowing") and omnivorous (describing an animal that eats both plants and other animals). Although omnipotent is used in general contexts to mean "all-powerful" (as in "an omnipotent warlord"), its original applications in English referred specifically to the power held by an almighty God. The word has been used as an English adjective since the 14th century; since 1600 it has also been used as a noun referring to one who is omnipotent.

Examples of omnipotent in a Sentence

Adjective Rockefeller mostly left the uncertain task of drilling to thousands of independent producers, who then competed furiously to sell him crude oil at the cheapest possible price. As a result, he was loathed by the drillers, who saw him as an omnipotent deity shadowing their lives. — Ron Chernow, Vanity Fair, May 1998 Whether or not the Big Bang truly implies that the universe was created out of nothing by an omnipotent deity in a wholly gratuitous act of love, it does demonstrate that the universe is, as philosophers say, contingent—that is, it need not have existed. — Jim Holt, Harper's, November 1994 Tad fixes another round and by the time you all troop out of the bathroom you are feeling omnipotent. — Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City, 1984 the nearly universal religious belief that God is omnipotent and omniscient Noun He pursued his own thoughts without heeding me. 'Jane! you think me, I daresay, an irreligious dog: but my heart swells with gratitude to the beneficent God of this earth just now.  … I did wrong: I would have sullied my innocent flower—breathed guilt on its purity: the Omnipotent snatched it from me.' — Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1847
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Future Feeling is a genre-defying trip into a futuristic world where everyone’s emotional frequencies are monitored through Bio-meters and a semi-omnipotent trans health-care agency, the Rhiz, beams Operatrixes into homes to provide aid. Sadie Gennis, Vulture, 8 July 2021 The supposedly omnipresent and omnipotent Communist Party is well aware of the power of the media and public opinion. Nectar Gan, CNN, 25 June 2021 But incentives are powerful even if not omnipotent. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 19 June 2021 The fact campus security cameras had missed the death in a nation with an increasingly omnipotent surveillance network was, for some, a reason for outrage. Nectar Gan, CNN, 14 May 2021 But like headmen everywhere, these longtime leaders may begin to feel omnipotent, irreplaceable, even immortal. Dennis Jaffe, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 This paradigm makes Wanda the showrunner, the nearly omnipotent creator by whose word plots swerve, sets rise, and supporting characters vanish or return. Stephanie Burt, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2021 If Wednesday’s 91-55 shellacking of UT-RGV was the ice breaker, the *Maui Invitational will be the first full plunge into a season that will be stalked by the pandemic’s ominous and omnipotent presence. Nick Moyle,, 29 Nov. 2020 On Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson, the Route 1 strip in College Park and other stretches where college students flock on the weekend, the coronavirus pandemic hovers like a chaperone, watchful if not entirely omnipotent. Phillip Jackson,, 17 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If God loves us and is omnipotent, why is life so horrific for so many people? John Horgan, Scientific American, 14 Aug. 2021 Theatrics aside, the once-omnipotent advertising market is redefining itself around privacy. Brian Platz, Forbes, 17 June 2021 If artists — younger or older — aren't even on the ballot, there is no way to counter the omnipotent nominating panel. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021 Conducting any kind of sports season without a single-site bubble is more problematic, as Major League Baseball, college football and even the omnipotent NFL have learned. Dallas News, 19 Dec. 2020 Even though the rushing attack was near-omnipotent, UAB still faced 18 third downs, converting eight times, and found success through the Tyler Johnston to Trea Shropshire connection. Evan Dudley, al, 19 Dec. 2020 Fincher is happy to puncture the concept of the omnipotent auteur while acknowledging that a director will always be at the nexus of every artistic choice being made on set. David Sims, The Atlantic, 4 Dec. 2020 But over time, citizens in a constitutional system tend to grow wary of omnipotent institutions. Kevin Warsh, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2020 Although the younger generation still looks up to her, has Serana lost some of her omnipotent aura? Danielle Rossingh, CNN, 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of omnipotent


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for omnipotent

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin omnipotent-, omnipotens, from omni- + potent-, potens potent

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English Language Learners Definition of omnipotent

: having complete or unlimited power : all-powerful


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Kids Definition of omnipotent

: having power or authority without limit : almighty

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