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omnipotent

adjective om·nip·o·tent \ äm-ˈni-pə-tənt \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

Definition of omnipotent

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

omnipotently

adverb

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Examples of omnipotent in a Sentence

  1. 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 ChernowVanity FairMay 1998
  2. 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 HoltHarper'sNovember 1994
  3. Tad fixes another round and by the time you all troop out of the bathroom you are feeling omnipotent. —Jay McInerneyBright Lights, Big City1984
  4. the nearly universal religious belief that God is omnipotent and omniscient

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Knowledge is Power: Defining omnipotent

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.

Origin and Etymology of omnipotent

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


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omnipotent

noun om·nip·o·tent \ äm-ˈni-pə-tənt \

Definition of omnipotent

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

Examples of omnipotent in a Sentence

  1. 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 BrontëJane Eyre1847

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Origin and Etymology of omnipotent


OMNIPOTENT Defined for English Language Learners

omnipotent

adjective

Definition of omnipotent for English Language Learners

  • : having complete or unlimited power


OMNIPOTENT Defined for Kids

omnipotent

adjective om·nip·o·tent \ äm-ˈni-pə-tənt \

Definition of omnipotent for Students

: having power or authority without limit : almighty


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