[ om-nish-uh nt ]
/ ɒmˈnɪʃ ənt /


having complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding; perceiving all things.


an omniscient being.
the Omniscient, God.

Nearby words

  1. omnipotent,
  2. omnipresence,
  3. omnipresent,
  4. omnirange,
  5. omniscience,
  6. omnisexual,
  7. omnishambles,
  8. omnium gatherum,
  9. omnium-gatherum,
  10. omnivore

Origin of omniscient

1595–1605; < New Latin omniscient-, stem of omnisciēns, equivalent to Latin omni- omni- + scient- knowing; see science

Related formsom·nis·cient·ly, adverbun·om·nis·cient, adjectiveun·om·nis·cient·ly, adverb

Can be confusedomnipotent omniscient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for omniscient


/ (ɒmˈnɪsɪənt) /


having infinite knowledge or understanding
having very great or seemingly unlimited knowledge
Derived Formsomniscience, nounomnisciently, adverb

Word Origin for omniscient

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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