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While Zimbabwe was ordinary, it was also powerfully captivating.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)|Todd Moss|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cogswell's book most powerfully reminds you of the necessary mess of activism.Tick-Tock: The Explosive Power of the Lesbian Avengers|Tim Teeman|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Lea Carpenter|February 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nevertheless, the anti-Thaksin animus redounds so powerfully to Yingluck that she faces more pressure after the election.
Not even The Shield wrapped things up quite this powerfully.‘Breaking Bad’ Finale, ‘Homeland’ Premiere: How to Survive DVRmageddon|Jason Lynch|September 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For we would keep the theory in mind by visible signs, which act most powerfully upon the minds of children.Guide to the Kindergarten and Intermediate Class and Moral Culture of Infancy.|Elizabeth P. Peabody
The agony of her spirit, involved in endless and horrid labyrinths of doubt, is powerfully portrayed.The Life of Friedrich Schiller|Thomas Carlyle
All organized beings are powerfully affected by propagation.The Physical Life of Woman:|Dr. George H Napheys
As he squeezed the water over his powerfully molded body, he recalled it almost impersonally.Birthright|T.S. Stribling
What could exist there to excite his daughter's apprehensions so powerfully, puzzled him greatly.
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).