Definition of omniscient
- an omniscient author
- the narrator seems an omniscient person who tells us about the characters and their relations
- —Ira Konigsberg
- 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").
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: knowing everything : having unlimited understanding or knowledge
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