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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 And God further tantalizes mortals by keeping the criteria for admission to heaven opaque and fickle, as if to assault the presumption that omniscience entails benevolence and a consistent set of rules for delivering justice. Sheon Han, The New Republic, "Why Are Literature and Philosophy Such an Awkward Match?," 23 Feb. 2021 What kinds of devious new products lie in wait now that Big Tech is convinced of its omniscience? Firmin Debrabander, The New Republic, "We’re Outsourcing Our Self-Awareness to Silicon Valley," 24 Dec. 2020 The credibility of originalism depends on the narrowest of interpretations based on a level of omniscience that is not held by these jurists. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Trump's diagnosis, COVID exposure, Amy Coney Barrett," 5 Oct. 2020 More likely, the digital currency will grant the state financial omniscience. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Inside China’s drive for digital currency dominance," 10 Aug. 2020 The 2020 Volkswagen Golf features the Marvel-worthy superpower of omniscience, an ability to tell you about looming hazards and delays. Popular Science, "The 100 greatest innovations of 2019," 3 Dec. 2019 Less interested in scene than in sweep, Allende nonetheless describes her characters’ emotions with great detail, writing in third person with an omniscience that drains any wonder from their choices and interactions. Washington Post, "In ‘A Long Petal of the Sea,’ Isabel Allende delivers another sentimental epic set in troubled times," 23 Jan. 2020 Her three most recent novels—Swimming Home (2011), Hot Milk (2016), and her latest, The Man Who Saw Everything—all have moments of omniscience, short scenes interspersed in the text in a voice distinct from the rest of the narrative. Ruth Margalit, The New York Review of Books, "When Reality Slips," 28 Jan. 2020 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

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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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5 Mar 2021

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“Omniscience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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