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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

Examples of omniscience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gibson noticed that people with access to unlimited information could develop illusions of omniscience. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "How William Gibson Keeps His Science Fiction Real," 9 Dec. 2019 God, whose omniscience apparently ends at the edge of Job’s brain, disagrees. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 Are their abilities dangerous, a gateway to Orwellian omniscience — or, hell, subtle telepathic suggestions? Darren Franich,, "Attack of the Clones," 20 Nov. 2019 Mr Snowden was one of the facilitators of that omniscience. The Economist, "Edward Snowden’s memoir reveals some (but not all)," 13 Sep. 2019 But the narration can also be alien, frightening, with an implacable omniscience. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "In Mark Haddon’s “The Porpoise,” Storytelling Is an Instrument of Violence and Solace," 13 June 2019 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

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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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The first known use of omniscience was circa 1610

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7 Feb 2020

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“Omniscience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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