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[om-nuh-prez-uh nt] /ˌɒm nəˈprɛz ənt/
present everywhere at the same time:
the omnipresent God.
Origin of omnipresent
1600-10; < Medieval Latin omnipraesent- (stem of omnipraesēns), equivalent to Latin omni- omni- + praesent- present1
Related forms
omnipresence, noun
Omnipresent, ubiquitous refer to the quality of being everywhere. Omnipresent emphasizes in a lofty or dignified way the power, usually divine, of being present everywhere at the same time, as though all-enveloping: Divine law is omnipresent. Ubiquitous is applied to that which seems to appear in many and all sorts of places, or in an undignified or humorous way is “all over the place,” often when unwanted: A bore seems to be ubiquitous. Unabridged
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  • But with the near omnipresence of digital reference material, many of us no longer turn first to our own collections.
  • It is also the combination of omnipresence and fragmentation.
  • But thanks to her husband's omnipresence, she has never delegated meaningful authority to her cabinet.
  • The universe is well stocked with these lovely cherry-red nebulae, thanks to hydrogen's omnipresence.
  • As many people have written in to point out, the sign of a modern protest movement is the omnipresence of cameras.
  • Curious tales are told of his omnipresence, his omniscience.
  • However, it is sometimes easy to forget about the omnipresence of wildlife when a location is better known for another reason.
  • However, the electric power industry is unique in its complexity, in its invisible omnipresence.
British Dictionary definitions for omnipresence


(esp of a deity) present in all places at the same time
Derived Forms
omnipresence, noun
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Word Origin and History for omnipresence

c.1600, from Medieval Latin omnipraesentia, from omnipraesens, from Latin omnis "all, every" (see omni-) + praesens "present" (see present (adj.)).



c.1600, from Medieval Latin omnipraesentem (nominative omnipraesens); see omnipresence. Related: Omnipresently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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