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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To add to the sweep, Cherry Jones shows up as June’s activist mother, and Marisa Tomei has a brief but powerfully disturbing guest role. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Handmaid’s Tale’ makes you work, but pays off as few shows ever could," 20 Apr. 2018 In fact, outrages call us even more powerfully to reexamine America’s long history of protest. Beth Johnston, Washington Post, "On Independence Day, celebrate not just the foundation of the country, but its tradition of dissent," 3 July 2018 The rest of the cast also sings powerfully, suggesting something bigger than is actually there, and Ryan Belock’s watercolor projections likewise help compensate for the bare-bones set. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘On a Clear Day,’ Eternally Odd, Gets Yet Another Life," 28 June 2018 The distance between those two points is what Atlanta mines, and what resonates most powerfully. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Donald Glover, Atlanta, and the Ties That Bind," 11 May 2018 The cannabis Aran prescribes for autism and epilepsy is a special strain originally produced for epilepsy patients, with the 20-to-1 ratio of CBD to THC that worked so powerfully for Charlotte Figi. Debra Kamin, Newsweek, "Is Marijuana the World’s Most Effective Treatment for Autism?," 15 Feb. 2018 The figure, wrapped in a swirl of billowing cloak, is powerfully muscled. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 The latest film is the most overtly political of the franchise, and is powerfully relevant given today’s headlines. David Pan, USA TODAY, "Every 'Purge' movie ranked (including 'The First Purge')," 3 July 2018 The contemporary design scene here is a powerfully burgeoning industry, and there’s an incredible amount of talent and diversity that people just don’t see. Georgia Murray, refinery29.com, "Where To Find The Coolest African Designers Online," 28 June 2018

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1589, in the meaning defined above

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