pow·​er·​ful·​ly | \ ˈpau̇(-ə)r-f(ə-)lē How to pronounce powerfully (audio) \

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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Lurie came out strongly in favor of good things and very powerfully against bad things. Bob Ford, Philly.com, "Jeffrey Lurie stays ambiguous about Eagles protests during national anthem | Bob Ford," 25 May 2018 Just as powerfully as her speech began, Ocasio-Cortez ended on a poignant note, touching upon some of the serious issues that Americans have faced over recent years and incorporating hope for a better tomorrow. De Elizabeth, Glamour, "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Speaks at 2019 Women's March in New York City," 20 Jan. 2019 His argument is that liqueurs don’t just have to be before or after dinner accessories but can be powerfully deployed in food-cocktail pairings. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Can Liqueurs Be the Next Big Thing in Food-Cocktail Pairings?," 14 Jan. 2019 This is a point Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt make powerfully in their book How Democracies Die: The norms sustaining our political system rested, to a considerable degree, on racial exclusion. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan," 11 Dec. 2018 What concerns both Helen and Melmoth most powerfully is the idea of bearing witness to something terrible. Constance Grady, Vox, "Melmoth, from the author of The Essex Serpent, is a lurid novel of sin and redemption," 22 Oct. 2018 What that statement does powerfully is point to the current moment, while asking us to remember the past. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "TIME’S UP Calls to Postpone Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination," 17 Sep. 2018 In her letter, Simone wrote powerfully about her decision to speak out, describing abuse similar to those allegedly faced by her fellow survivors. Evelyn Wang, Teen Vogue, "Simone Biles Had a Powerful Response to Larry Nassar's Sentence," 24 Jan. 2018 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

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1589, in the meaning defined above

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