- 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.
- influence peddler,
Origin of influence
Examples from the Web for influencing
In August 2013, his mother had warned police that Brice was being radicalized and influencing Bertrand.
He pleaded to keep the initiative alive in hopes of influencing that process.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations|Malcolm Byrne|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But all that said, what does Facebook get out of influencing our emotions?
At George Washington University, wannabe political peddlers can now study the much-maligned world of swaying and influencing.
They also allegedly broadcast scenes to aid the Muslim Brotherhood “in achieving its goals and influencing the public opinion.”
Italian Literature as influencing English down to the death of Milton.Ephemera Critica|John Churton Collins
He held her helpless, his face grown stern, seeing in this his only hope of influencing her action.Beth Norvell|Randall Parrish
I am convinced that it takes place all the time, moulding and influencing the hereditary factors.Married Love|Marie Carmichael Stopes
I could tear open my bosom with vexation to think how little we are capable of influencing the feelings of each other.The Sorrows of Young Werther|J.W. von Goethe
It is a response to the need for new means of influencing the masses.The Shield|Various
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.