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 (păn-ŏp′tĭk) also pan·op·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
Including everything visible in one view.

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


(pænˈɒptɪk) or


taking in all parts, aspects, etc, in a single view; all-embracing: a panoptic survey.
[C19: from Greek panoptēs seeing everything, from pan- + optos visible]
panˈoptically adv


(pænˈɒp tɪk)

also pan•op′ti•cal,

permitting the viewing of all parts or elements: a panoptic tissue stain for microscopic viewing.
[1820–30; < Greek panópt(ēs) all-seeing + -ic. See pan-, optic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.panoptic - including everything visible in one view; "a panoptic aerial photograph of the missile base"; "a panoptic stain used in microscopy"
seeable, visible - capable of being seen; or open to easy view; "a visible object"; "visible stars"; "mountains visible in the distance"; "a visible change of expression"; "visible files"
2.panoptic - broad in scope or content; "across-the-board pay increases"; "an all-embracing definition"; "blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"; "an invention with broad applications"; "a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner; "granted him wide powers"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
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Sandwiched between Nixon's Watergate and Reagan's Iran-Contra scandals was the brief interregnum of a right-center Trilateral Democrat, Jimmy Carter, whose covert support of the anti-Soviet Taliban and al Queda in Afghanistan produced blowback that anticipated today's war on terrorism and the NSA's panoptic digital surveillance.
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Informed by Mebbie Bell's analysis of panoptic femininity and Paula Saukko's critique of normative femininity, my reading of Kaslik's Skinny examines how Giselle and Holly negotiate such regulatory pressures, to which each sister adapts through physical and emotional discipline.
Designed as an office block, by the time its construction was halted in 1978 the structure's empty floors had become a warren of snipers' nests, with a panoptic view of more than 2 kilometers in every direction.