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omniscient

[om-nish-uh nt] /ɒmˈnɪʃ ənt/
adjective
1.
having complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding; perceiving all things.
noun
2.
an omniscient being.
3.
the Omniscient, God.
Origin
1595-1605
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.
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  • Ask students to discuss what effect having this omniscient knowledge has on the story.
British Dictionary definitions for omniscient

omniscient

/ɒmˈnɪsɪənt/
adjective
1.
having infinite knowledge or understanding
2.
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
adj.

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

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