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Definition of omniscience

: the quality or state of being omniscient the brilliant military mind … gradually became infected by a conviction of military and political omniscience— Drew Middleton

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Her novels stand out for their brazen disregard for omniscience, manifested in her avoidance of the close third-person. Abhrajyoti Chakraborty, The New Republic, "Natalia Ginzburg’s Radical Clarity," 5 Aug. 2019 The goal is to give users a kind of local omniscience — perfect situational awareness of what’s around every corner and behind each hill. Sam Deanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A 26-year-old billionaire is building virtual border walls — and the federal government is buying," 26 July 2019 In keeping with its parent company’s sophisticated sensibility, the Strategist offers a level of taste, not omniscience or product specs. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sites like the Strategist, Wirecutter, and BuzzFeed Reviews want to help you find the best of the best.," 11 Dec. 2018 That dichotomy is essential to sustaining the mystical omniscience of a play that draws heavily from biblical scripture and Jewish ritual. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Is a Transfixing Epic of Riches and Ruin," 13 July 2018 As Luckey and his team see it, Lattice will become not just a system for securing the border but a general platform for geographic near-omniscience. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build A Border Wall," 11 June 2018 The effect is a kind of uncertain omniscience, which allows the novelist not only to move easily among his characters but to blend their thoughts, when need be, into a collective anxiety. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Walter Kempowski’s Epic Novel of Germany in Collapse," 21 Mar. 2016 And even the biggest intelligence budget and the latest spy gadgetry do not guarantee omniscience. Alex Bollfrass, Washington Post, "Did the U.S. underestimate North Korea's weapons program? It's not that simple.," 16 Jan. 2018 Your order constantly changes and evolves, because a Foodgōd’s what-to-order omniscience depends on knowing and trying it all, even at Nobu. Candace Braun Davison, Esquire, "The 10 Commandments of Being a Reality Star Foodgod," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of omniscience

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for omniscience

Medieval Latin omniscientia, from Latin omni- + scientia knowledge — more at science

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