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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Recent Examples of omniscient from the Web
Maazel’s omniscient narrator performs a more conventional kind of literary mind reading, revealing the thoughts of these characters and detailing their various motives.
Surreal at times, with poetry and mythology sprinkled in, it is told from the point of view of several protagonists, including that of an omniscient narrator.
That's when the House of Cards Twitter account shifted, setting Frank's omniscient eye on Donald Trump.
House of Cards (@HouseofCards) November 9, 2016 That's when the House of Cards Twitter account shifted, setting Frank's omniscient eye on Donald Trump.
Civilizations this advanced would have so much knowledge and power as to be essentially omniscient and omnipotent.
In an ultimate act of hubris, the government has attempted to make an omniscient force, a false god—
The CBO is not omniscient, but if its projections are even close to accurate then ObamaCare repeal and replacement is the most significant government reform in perhaps three decades.
The days of omniscient, authoritative proclamations of quality seem to be largely behind us.
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Do You Know the Origin of omniscient?
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: 1598See Words from the same year
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Definition of omniscient for English Language Learners
: knowing everything : having unlimited understanding or knowledge
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