American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Including everything visible in one view.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Seeing everything or seeing all things at once.
- Showing or exhibiting everything; allowing everything to be seen.
- adj. All-seeing; comprehensive, inclusive.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Including everying visible in one view.
- adj. including everything visible in one view
- adj. broad in scope or content
- From pan- + optic. (Wiktionary)
- From Greek panoptos, fully visible : pan-, with respect to everything, fully; see pan- + optos, visible; see okw- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It seemed like I could never get that kind of panoptic knowledge.”
“This would solve many problems, e.g. the so-called panoptic provider, uncontrollable diffusion of private information to 3rd parties, security and data protection (also by encryption), property and data re-use.”
“Thanks in part to our panoptic media culture, which includes the 24/7 cable news cycle, we've become far too eager to play the gotcha game anytime somebody says something mildly stupid, typically assigning more value to it than necessary.”
“The force of the Harry Potter cycle lies, as with Wagner, not so much in the originality of its subject matter as in the execution of a panoptic vision across a great span of time.”
“Mr. Levine's sensitive curatorship is well illustrated by the panoptic sweep of temperament that has flourished under his baton: from the turbulence of Kathleen Battle, Catherine Malfitano and Samuel Ramey to the bankable serenity of Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson and James Morris.”
“Snow-laced massifs vault into a dark-blue sky and green hills cascade to the valleys below, a panoptic of edelweiss and immortality.”
“But Mr. Sebag Montefiore's book is the city's first "biography"—a panoptic narrative of its rulers and citizens, heroes and villains, harlots and saints.”
“And I got news for you: Everybody hates Mickey Kaus; everybody hates the “call them as I see them from the Olympian cynicism and disdain of my superior panoptic view of dialectical reality” thing.”
“The show, focused on art that addresses "our panoptic era," includes Tris Vonna-Michell, Jordan Wolfson, and Cory Arcangel.”
“I met him late one afternoon in what was once the downstairs bar of the Hôtel du Pont Royal where I was in the habit of making dates I wanted to remain outside the Grasset publishing house panoptic, held 24 hours a day or nearly that at the Twickenham, a bar that no longer exists, once at the corner of the rue des Saints-Pères and the rue de Grenelle.”
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