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[om-nish-uh nt] /ɒmˈnɪʃ ənt/
having complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding; perceiving all things.
an omniscient being.
the Omniscient, God.
Origin of omniscient
1595-1605; < New Latin omniscient-, stem of omnisciēns, equivalent to Latin omni- omni- + scient- knowing; see science
Related forms
omnisciently, adverb
unomniscient, adjective
unomnisciently, adverb
Can be confused
omnipotent, omniscient. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for omniscient
  • Navy destroyers will steam offshore readying virtual cruise missiles and the omniscient eye of trainers will watch it all.
  • Well-curated shots of the household provide an omniscient view of the action.
  • No one is omniscient, there's a limit, so have some humility when presenting your case and maybe you'll find more receptive ears.
  • First, governments are not omniscient and they can get their programmes wrong.
  • At the same stroke weed out all the self-proclaimed omniscient authority on these theories.
  • It was omniscient, because it allowed no references to unattributed sources.
  • Your gun does not make you a superhero, a cop, or omniscient.
  • They were completely omniscient and you took their word for everything.
  • The illusion of omniscient intelligence ended years before that.
  • Ask students to discuss what effect having this omniscient knowledge has on the story.
British Dictionary definitions for omniscient


having infinite knowledge or understanding
having very great or seemingly unlimited knowledge
Derived Forms
omniscience, noun
omnisciently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin omnisciens, from Latin omni- + scīre to know
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Word Origin and History for omniscient

c.1600, from Modern Latin omniscientem (nominative omnisciens), back-formation from Medieval Latin omniscientia (see omniscience). Related: Omnisciently.

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