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A word usually used in relation to narrators, omniscience means all-knowingness. If a narrator is omniscient, he or she has the god-like ability to see and know everything going on in the world of the novel, the lucky duck. Omniscience is often a feature of third-person narration, which makes sense, because it would be awfully hard for a first-person narrator to read the minds of the characters around her.