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    #1

    omniscient/omniknowing

    I stumbled upon the word omniknowing yet can't find it in any dictionary. Is it a colloquial synonym for omniscient?

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    Re: omniscient/omniknowing

    It's a new word to me but since "omni" as a prefix means "all" the two words appear to mean the same.

    I'd probably suggest you only use "omniscient".

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    Re: omniscient/omniknowing

    It's certainly not colloquial - in fact I've never met it. I suppose it might exist as an occasional scholarly use.

    If I did meet it, though, I'd assume that the speaker was mixing up 'omniscient' with its "calque" 'all-knowing' -- loan translation: Definition and Much More from Answers.com.

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    Last edited by BobK; 24-Feb-2008 at 13:59. Reason: Fix typo

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