“As kids, we were convinced that our mom was omniscient.”
What is the best definition of omniscient?
Omniscient (adjective) – having universal knowledge and insight into all things; or, having infinite wisdom
Omniscience (noun) – the quality of having knowledge and understanding of all things; or, the quality of infinite wisdom
GRE pro tips:
The meaning of the word omniscient can be deciphered by taking apart its roots. Maybe you know that the Latin word omni means “all,” as in omnipotent and omnipresent. If you take away omni, you’re left with what looks almost like “science.” Science comes from a Latin word meaning “to know.” So, you can safely assume that omniscient indicates having knowledge of all things, or having insight and understanding of everything. Obviously, few humans possess such a knowledge; however, the term may be used more loosely to refer to someone with infinite wisdom who seemingly knows everything.
“The benefit of having an omniscient narrator is that you can really get inside the head of each character.”
“Marked by a sort of digital omniscience, Google provides answers to all human questions.”