- a person who exerts or can exert strong influence: according to influentials of the fashion industry.
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The influential al Qaeda propagandist, who was born in New Mexico, died in a U.S. drone strike later that year.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
Also this week, he keynoted a fundraiser for Progress Iowa, an influential liberal group in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.Why the Left Loves Warren, But Won’t Swoon for Sanders
December 19, 2014
A year later Time would name him one of the most influential people in the world.Chris Colfer on Writing, Acting, and the Pain of Being A Pop Culture Trailblazer
December 15, 2014
Her solution: a bucket list of influential people and places to visit and photograph.Annie Leibovitz Talks About ‘Pilgrimage,’ Susan Sontag, Vogue & More
November 20, 2014
Martin Scorsese is one of the most celebrated and influential directors in cinema history.Scorsese’s Scariest Movies of All Time
October 31, 2014
He said that some of his most influential constituents disliked it.
You are right in supposing that I am not unaccustomed to—an influential position.'Little Dorrit
You should make your paper the organ of some influential party.
The ex-honorable had in his pocket a nomination for an influential office.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
These are the influential literary and political journals of Reisenburg.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- having or exerting influence
Word Origin and History for influential
"powerful," 1650s, from Medieval Latin influentialis, from influentia (see influence). Earlier in an astrological sense (1560s).