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Note 251 – The prefix ‘omni’ and related words


I came across the word omniscient today which is not a word I’ve seen before, but once I started my research I realised that there are many words that begin with omni.  So, I’ll begin with that definition.

Omni- (the combining form of the Latin word omnis) means ‘all’ or ‘every’ according to Wikipedia and is used to form compound words such as the following:

  • Omniscient means knowing all things or “having complete or unlimited knowledge” (source: dictionary.reference.com).
  • Omnificent  is an adjective meaning “unlimited in creative power” according to Merriam-Webster.com and its first known use was in 1677.
  • Omnivore is an animal that eats both plants and other animals (wiki.answers.com).
  • Omnipresent means present everywhere (omni is described by macmillondictionary.com as meaning ‘everywhere’ or ‘everything’).
  • Omnipotent means powerful over everything (source: macmillondictionary.com).

That’s all for today.  Please leave me a comment if you know of any other words with the prefix omni.  Thank you.

Until tomorrow…

Sandra
Freelance Writer
www.sandramadeira.com

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9 thoughts on “Note 251 – The prefix ‘omni’ and related words

  1. Interesting, Sandra. Due to my grad school work years back, I came across “Omniscient” somewhat frequently.
    I wonder where you came across it(?).

    Posted by Bill | January 7, 2012, 12:22 am
  2. Great post. I enjoyed reading your blog today.

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    Posted by Writing Jobs | January 7, 2012, 7:19 am
  3. Hi Bill
    I sometimes get emails from work colleagues asking if I’ve covered certain topics on this blog. They sent me this link http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=198638
    Thanks for the comment.
    Sandra

    Posted by Sandra Madeira | January 7, 2012, 5:29 pm
    • @Sandra,
      What I found funny is a sort of joke on me: I totally missed the point that omniscient might refer to the omniscient viewpoint, when the author is sort of godlike and gets to be relatively “all-knowing.” I read that word in your post and immediately thought theologically!

      Great to see you getting so many comments.

      Posted by Bill Polm | January 7, 2012, 10:09 pm
  4. I’d never heard the word “omniscient” until Emma Darwin looked at the first 3000 words of a novel I was working on. I wrote 65,000 words in the omniscient POV. It doesn’t really work with short stories (IMO) but I love using it for longer pieces 🙂

    Xx

    Posted by Vikki | January 7, 2012, 9:00 pm

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