Definition of omniscient
1 : having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight an omniscient author the narrator seems an omniscient person who tells us about the characters and their relations — Ira Konigsberg
2 : possessed of universal or complete knowledge the omniscient God
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One who is omniscient literally knows all. The word omniscient, which has been part of English since at least the beginning of the 17th century, brings together two Latin roots: the prefix omni-, meaning "all," and the verb scire, meaning "to know." You will recognize omni- as the prefix that tells all in such words as omnivorous ("eating all" or, more precisely, "eating both meat and vegetables") and omnipotent ("all-powerful"). Scire likewise has a number of other knowledge-related descendants in English, including conscience, science, and prescience (meaning "foreknowledge").
Origin and Etymology of omniscient
New Latin omniscient-, omnisciens, back-formation from Medieval Latin omniscientia
First Known Use: 1598
OMNISCIENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of omniscient for English Language Learners
: knowing everything : having unlimited understanding or knowledge
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