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panoptic

or panoptical

[pan-op-tik] /pænˈɒp tɪk/
adjective
1.
permitting the viewing of all parts or elements:
a panoptic stain used in microscopy; a panoptic aerial photograph of an enemy missile base.
2.
considering all parts or elements; all inclusive:
a panoptic criticism of modern poetry.
Origin of panoptic
1820-1830
1820-30; < Greek panópt(ēs) all-seeing + -ic. See pan-, optic
Related forms
panoptically, adverb
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  • I suppose the town has a modern jail now—perhaps even with panoptic galleries!

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for panoptic

panoptic

/pænˈɒptɪk/
adjective
1.
taking in all parts, aspects, etc, in a single view; all-embracing: a panoptic survey
Derived Forms
panoptically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Greek panoptēs seeing everything, from pan- + optos visible
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Word Origin and History for panoptic
adj.

1826, from Greek panoptos "fully visible, seen by all," from panopes "all-seeing," from pan "all" (see pan-) + optos (see optic). Related: Panoptical.

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