pow·​er·​ful·​ly | \ ˈpau̇(-ə)r-f(ə-)lē \

Definition of powerfully

: in a powerful manner She expressed her opinions very powerfully. : to a strong or powerful extent a powerfully moving film a powerfully aromatic dish a powerfully built athlete He was powerfully influenced by their advice. Neither words nor the most detailed painting can evoke a moment of vanished time as powerfully and as completely as a good photograph.— Beaumont Newhall

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By stirring us so powerfully, birds bring us up against the ineffable in a telling, pathos-laden way. Ben Downing, WSJ, "‘As Kingfishers Catch Fire’ Review: Flights of Fancy," 16 Nov. 2018 Chua’s message: Ethnocultural rivalry powerfully shapes both international relations and domestic policy. David Frum, New York Times, "The Battle Over What It Means to Be American," 1 Mar. 2018 Slack is a relatively simple chat application with a powerfully complex set of capabilities. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Slack engineer figures out way to load messages into a 1995 SNES game," 21 Oct. 2018 Historical records show the area has been hit by tsunamis — triggered by powerfully destructive earthquakes — at least seven times in the past two centuries. Elaine Kurtenbach, The Seattle Times, "Disaster undoes hard-won progress for Indonesian port city," 2 Oct. 2018 And children’s career choices are powerfully influenced by the choices of adults around them: Nearly half of all Army recruits, for instance, come from military families. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "The US military: The greatest social engineering machine ever built," 9 June 2018 There were calls to stand up powerfully for and with women in acceptance speeches, many with #MeToo moments. Nina Kokotas Hahn, Condé Nast Traveler, "James Beard Award Winners 2018: The Best Restaurants in the U.S.," 8 May 2018 Sabrina reminds us of the beauty of the witch as someone who lives powerfully, consciously, and unapologetically. Gabriela Herstik, Glamour, "I'm a Modern Witch, and I Love Chilling Adventures of Sabrina So Much," 26 Oct. 2018 As a mixed woman and mother to our two biracial girls, I was moved by Black Panther and was elated to see a cast of black characters who were presented powerfully, beautifully, and mostly positively. Andrew Grant-thomas And Melissa Giraud, Good Housekeeping, "Parents: Maybe Don't Buy Your Kid That Black Panther Costume This Halloween," 11 Oct. 2018

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1589, in the meaning defined above

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