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[om-nuh-prez-uh nt]
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  1. present everywhere at the same time: the omnipresent God.
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Origin of omnipresent

1600–10; < Medieval Latin omnipraesent- (stem of omnipraesēns), equivalent to Latin omni- omni- + praesent- present1
Related formsom·ni·pres·ence, noun


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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.
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  • It is only God who can bear the awful light of omniscience and of omnipresence.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • Indeed, the omnipresence and omnipotence of it are not without divine significance.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • We do not believe in the riches of the soul, in its proper eternity and omnipresence.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • To God we apply the attributes of omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • When I see a cloud of steam I say, “There is my omnipresence.”

    The Voice of the Machines

    Gerald Stanley Lee

British Dictionary definitions for omnipresence


  1. (esp of a deity) present in all places at the same time
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Derived Formsomnipresence, 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.)).

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

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