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[om-nip-uh-tuh nt]
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  1. almighty or infinite in power, as God.
  2. having very great or unlimited authority or power.
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  1. an omnipotent being.
  2. the Omnipotent, God.
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Origin of omnipotent

1275–1325; Middle English < Latin omnipotent- (stem of omnipotēns), equivalent to omni- omni- + potent- (see potent1)
Related formsom·nip·o·tent·ly, adverbun·om·nip·o·tent, adjectiveun·om·nip·o·tent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedomnipotent omniscient


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2. powerful, mighty, supreme.


2. impotent, powerless, helpless.
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  • Does R—— flatter himself that his power over my heart is omnipotent?

  • But if I am weak, the omnipotent support to which I look is strong.


    William Godwin

  • You worship no omnipotent and ineffable essence; you believe in no omnipotent and ineffable essence.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • For she knew that goodness was omnipotent to save and to comfort.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • The tamers were now omnipotent in comparison with the tamed.

British Dictionary definitions for omnipotent


  1. having very great or unlimited power
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  1. the Omnipotent an epithet for God
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Derived Formsomnipotence, nounomnipotently, adverb

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin omnipotens all-powerful, from omni- + potens, from posse to be able
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Word Origin and History for omnipotent


early 14c., from Old French omnipotent "almighty, all-powerful" (11c.) or directly from Latin omnipotentem (nominative omnipotens) "all-powerful, almighty," from omnis "all" (see omni-) + potens (genitive potentis) "powerful" (see potent). Strictly only of God or a deity; general sense of "having absolute power or authority" is attested from 1590s.

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