What is omnimous?

What Does omnimous Mean

The Latin word omnimŏdus came to Castilian as omnímodo . This is what is called that which comprises and encompasses everything .

The term is often used with respect to power . The all-embracing power has no limits or counterweight, so the one who holds it can impose his will and act according to his own interests, without worrying about the consequences.
Many times it alludes to the all-embracing power which, throughout history , certain kings , emperors or dictators had at their disposal . In general, the notion is used when there are no democratic mechanisms that allow citizen participation and there is no division of powers (the ruler controls the executive power, the legislative power and the judiciary simultaneously).

In practice, however, all-embracing power does not exist. There is always some mechanism of control or resistance is exerted to the measures of the president.
We can find clear signs of all-embracing power in the realm of fiction . In the novel "1984" by the British George Orwell , a party called Ingsoc (or Socing , in Spanish) directs a totalitarian state that has the ability to eliminate the evidence of the existence of realities other than its own. Ingsoc is so powerful that he can constantly manipulate the present and rewrite history according to his needs.
In fiction, omnimous power is usually given to antagonistic characters more often than to heroes , although Superman is an exception. However, as with villains, he also has a weak point: Kryptonite . This is necessary so that the story can be resolved, because otherwise it would always triumph and there would be no movement. In the case of enemies, it can also be a bad decision that leaves them unprotected.
Beyond power, the concept of omnimous serves to qualify what does not find borders or barriers . For example : "When I was a boy, my all-encompassing curiosity led me to get into trouble several times" , "The current government seems to have an all-encompassing control over the press , " "The filmmaker once again showed his all-embracing imagination . "
In this case, although it is used figuratively, there are also limits from a logical point of view. However, given the nature of the messages, it is not important to determine this. Let's start with the first example, the one that speaks of an "all-embracing curiosity"; This is a very common characteristic in children, since when they are in a stage of full development and learning, they feel a need to touch and look at everything.

This trait is closely linked to survival, since without knowledge it is not possible to develop, and from the perspective of the adults who observe it, it gives the feeling of being " infinite ", although in reality each person has different limits. The adjective omnimous is appealed to because its magnitude is considerable, too large to measure, or because accuracy is not necessary in this context.
We can point out something similar in the second example, when speaking of an "all-round control" of the press, to express that the government seems to decide what is published, with the aim of hiding those data that could harm it and highlighting those that can improve public opinion about his mandate, whether real, fabricated or exaggerated. In this case, it is not necessary to measure the degree of control to know if it really is absolute , since it is enough for it to exceed normality.
When the "all-embracing imagination" of a filmmaker stands out, it is not said that he can imagine any story, without limits, but rather that throughout his career he has always shown an unusual ability to create and present his films, which place him far from average.

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