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panoptic Line breaks: pan|op¦tic
Pronunciation: /panˈɒptɪk/

Definition of panoptic in English:


Showing or seeing the whole at one view: a panoptic aerial view
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  • We hear over and over again about global systems and panoptic vision on the one hand and genome chains and nano-entities on the other.
  • First, they were subjected to the new discipline of constantly being made to write, and to be examined and graded on the results of their writing, and thereby were made subject to a panoptic system of surveillance and judgment.
  • This situation reminds me of Foucault's notion of the panoptic, the all-seeing eye capable of watching all areas at once, thus ensuring compliance and control.


Early 19th century: from Greek panoptos 'seen by all', from panoptēs 'all-seeing' + -ic.

Words that rhyme with panoptic

Coptic, optic, synoptic
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