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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 Short of a magical homunculus watching the activities of all the neurons in the brain with the omniscience of the experimenter, the neurons that take this all in are unaware of the events that caused these changes in their firing patterns. György Buzsáki, Scientific American, 14 May 2022 Well and good, but the author sometimes seems to want to turn Stettheimer into a tidy 21st-century urbanista, and in so doing takes on a dubious omniscience. Tim Page, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 Knowing how any of this will definitely pan out requires an omicron omniscience even the Academy’s best soothsayers can’t manage. Chris Willman, Variety, 6 Jan. 2022 And no algorithm seems closer to omniscience than TikTok’s, which is reportedly helping users discover their sexuality and unpack their childhood trauma. Eleanor Cummins, Wired, 3 Jan. 2022 But for spectators, Mr. Orenstein’s invention offered a degree of omniscience seldom afforded in life, when the ending of a story can scarcely be seen at the beginning. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2021 The film’s narrative hops back and forth through time, but the Eternals themselves don’t appear to have the power of time-travel or the virtual omniscience that would go with it. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 Nov. 2021 What holds it all together isn’t his omniscience so much as his curiosity, his historian’s hunger to figure out why what happened happened. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 But don't mistake insight for omniscience; Alderton is still figuring life out too., 2 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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28 May 2022

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“Omniscience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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