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Adjective – Omnipotent

You know how “potent” means “powerful,” and how the prefix “omni-” means “all“?

Put them together and you get “omnipotent,” a word with Latin roots that mean “all-powerful.”

That’s the meaning in English, too. Omnipotent things or people are all-powerful. Or, they just seem almighty, godlike, or all-powerful.

Part of speech:
adjective: “an omnipotent god,” “they believe they’re omnipotent.”

Other forms:
omnipotence (or, if you prefer, omnipotency); omnipotently.

how to use it:
This fun-to-say word is great for humor, exaggeration, and storytelling.

You might talk about omnipotent characters, like gods, genies, or wizards.

Or, talk about people in real life who seem omnipotent or act as if they’re omnipotent: presidents, cult leaders, lawmakers, police, businesspeople, etc.

“Atlanta is the future. At least, makers of films and TV series think so, especially those who create visions of times to come. In The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead and Divergent, the city appears, unnamed, as the setting for omnipotent rulers and dark deeds.”
— Rowan Moore, The Guardian, 22 October 2018

“I remember thinking of mathematics as a kind of omnipotent protector. You could prove things to people and they would have to believe you whether they liked you or not.”
— John Allen Paulos, Innumeracy:Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences, 2011