from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Including everything visible in one view.

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  • adj. All-seeing; comprehensive, inclusive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Including everying visible in one view.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Seeing everything or seeing all things at once.
  • Showing or exhibiting everything; allowing everything to be seen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. including everything visible in one view
  • adj. broad in scope or content


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Greek panoptos, fully visible : pan-, with respect to everything, fully; see pan- + optos, visible; see okw- in Indo-European roots.

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From pan- + optic.


  • It seemed like I could never get that kind of panoptic knowledge.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Chez Pazienza: Kudlow & Dudley: Speaking Their Minds?

  • 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.

    How Harry Saved Reading

  • 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.

    The Met's Rock of Ages

  • Snow-laced massifs vault into a dark-blue sky and green hills cascade to the valleys below, a panoptic of edelweiss and immortality.

    The Coolest Ferrari Ever—Drive Carefully

  • 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.

    City of Peace—and War

  • 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.

    Matthew Yglesias » Galston: Onward!

  • The show, focused on art that addresses "our panoptic era," includes Tris Vonna-Michell, Jordan Wolfson, and Cory Arcangel.

    ARTINFO: In New York: Gallery Openings This Weekend

  • 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.

    Bernard-Henri Lévy: Is Jean-Luc Godard Antisemitic? First Episode: Hail Mary (1984)


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