om·​ni·​science | \äm-ˈni-shən(t)s \

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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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 His three novels are remarkable for the distinctiveness of their styles, but also for their special uncanniness, their relentless omniscience. Hanya Yanagihara, New York Times, "Bruce Chatwin: One of the Last Great Explorers," 7 Sep. 2017 Moving from light fictionalization to ostensible fact, though, presents all sorts of existential problems for Law & Order, a show designed to deliver closure and omniscience. Willa Paskin, Slate Magazine, "Law & Order Tries to Get Real," 26 Sep. 2017 Economists mostly recognise that normal people—their friends and family—fall short of omniscience and perfect rationality in making day-to-day decisions. The Economist, "Richard Thaler wins the Nobel prize for economic sciences," 10 Oct. 2017

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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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