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They carved a refuge out of the wilderness and then, in 200 years, built it into the most powerful nation on earth.
In memoriam, Parker Molloy writes a powerful letter to Leelah.Six Must-Read Stories About Gay Mormon Husbands and Iranian Drug Wars|The Daily Beast|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It might be the most powerful affirmation, and perhaps even a feminist or political statement, from any public person this year.
It was fearless and raunchy and fun and ridiculous and weird and feminist and powerful.
But taking such action puts them at odds with the most powerful and best-organized segment of their coalition.
And there is no hope of success, but through our powerful Intercessor.A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)|Richard Baxter
It appears that there is a powerful moral effect that follows this loss, as might, in the majority, be anticipated.History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present|Peter Charles Remondino
Morey had been scanning the horizon with a pair of powerful binoculars.Islands of Space|John W Campbell
With a powerful lever the soldiers attempted to prise open the door of the columbarium, shaking the edifice on its foundations.The Death of the Gods|Dmitri Mrejkowski
In this manner did he indulge in the wild and uncouth glee of a savage as ferocious as he was powerful.The Dead Boxer|William Carleton
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).