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Quidnunc: A person who seeks to know all the latest news or gossip : busybody

Dour: Sullen; severe; gloomy; stubborn.  Probably from Latin durus (hard). Earliest documented use: 1425.


Omnipotent: Having virtually unlimited authority or influence. Ultimately derives from the Latin prefix omni-, meaning "all," and the word potens, meaning "potent." The omni- prefix has also given us similar words such as omniscient (meaning "all-knowing") and omnivorous (describing an animal that eats both plants and other animals). Although omnipotent is used in general contexts to mean "all-powerful" (as in "an omnipotent warlord"), its original applications in English referred specifically to the power held by an almighty God. The word has been used as an English adjective since the 14th century; since 1600 it has also been used as a noun referring to one who is omnipotent. 


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