- the radiation of an ethereal fluid from the stars, regarded as affecting human actions and destinies.
- the exercise of occult power by the stars, or such power as exercised.
verb (used with object), in·flu·enced, in·flu·enc·ing.
Origin of influence
Synonyms for influence
Examples from the Web for counter-influence
Historical Examples of counter-influence
As a counter-influence, a new class of settlers was provided for.The Colonies 1492-1750
Reuben Gold Thwaites
His counter-influence upon Venetian portraiture has never been quite justly estimated.A Text-Book of the History of Painting
John C. Van Dyke
A widespread opinion ascribes the failures of the magician to a rival or to the counter-influence of some evil spirit.The Psychological Origin and the Nature of Religion
James H. Leuba
Word Origin for influence
1650s, from influence (n.). Related: Influenced; influencing.
late 14c., an astrological term, "streaming ethereal power from the stars acting upon character or destiny of men," from Old French influence "emanation from the stars that acts upon one's character and destiny" (13c.), also "a flow of water," from Medieval Latin influentia "a flowing in" (also used in the astrological sense), from Latin influentem (nominative influens), present participle of influere "to flow into," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + fluere "to flow" (see fluent). Meaning "exercise of personal power by human beings" is from mid-15c.; meaning "exertion of unseen influence by persons" is from 1580s (a sense already in Medieval Latin, e.g. Aquinas). Under the influence "drunk" first attested 1866.
see under the influence.