- having or exerting great power or force.
- physically strong, as a person: a large, powerful athlete.
- producing great physical effects, as a machine or a blow.
- potent; efficacious: a powerful drug.
- having great effectiveness, as a speech, speaker, description, reason, etc.
- having great power, authority, or influence; mighty: a powerful nation.
- Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. great in number or amount: a powerful lot of money.
Origin of powerful
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Examples from the Web for powerfully
While Zimbabwe was ordinary, it was also powerfully captivating.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)
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Cogswell's book most powerfully reminds you of the necessary mess of activism.Tick-Tock: The Explosive Power of the Lesbian Avengers
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She talks to Lea Carpenter about why fiction can tell this story so powerfully.Susan Minot on Africa, Joseph Kony, and the Limits of Writing About Love
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Nevertheless, the anti-Thaksin animus redounds so powerfully to Yingluck that she faces more pressure after the election.Thai Election Not Likely To Resolve Protests
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Not even The Shield wrapped things up quite this powerfully.‘Breaking Bad’ Finale, ‘Homeland’ Premiere: How to Survive DVRmageddon
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These troubles in the Church so powerfully affected them that they withdrew.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
But Pierre was unable to pray, so powerfully did revolt stir him.
He talked of Monferrand's followers who had so powerfully helped him on to victory.
Both lived amongst the people, and powerfully influenced them for good.Self-Help
All this which, in the case of another I should have laughed at, most powerfully affected me in my own.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
- having great power, force, potency, or effect
- extremely effective or efficient in actiona powerful drug; a powerful lens
- dialect large or greata powerful amount of trouble
- dialect extremely; veryhe ran powerful fast
Word Origin and History for powerfully
c.1400, from power (n.) + -ful. Meaning "of great quality or number" is from 1811; colloquial sense of "exceedingly" (adv.) is from 1822. Related: Powerfully. Thornton ("American Glossary") notes powerful as "Much used by common people in the sense of very," along with monstrous and cites curious expressions such as devilish good, monstrous pretty (1799), dreadful polite, cruel pretty, abominable fine (1803), "or when a young lady admires a lap dog for being so vastly small and declares him prodigious handsome" (1799).