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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Recent Examples on the Web One possibility is that the right has lately been losing its mind over the idea that America’s history and founding is inextricably tied to slavery, after the New York Times’ 1619 Project made the case so impeccably and powerfully. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Breitbart News Is the Real Mustering of Digital Jacobins," 6 Sep. 2019 In this vein, Ketav Sofer, Rabbi Avraham Sofer of the 19th century (son of the Hatam Sofer) explains that this idea has resonated powerfully throughout history. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "Facing spiritual challenges focus of Vayishlach Torah parsha," 9 Dec. 2019 Rob Morgan powerfully portrays the PTSD-suffering Richardson, who is ultimately led to the electric chair in Alabama's Holman Prison, strapped in and electrocuted – just as Richardson was on Aug. 18, 1989. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Here's why 'Just Mercy' needed that harrowing electrocution scene," 11 Jan. 2020 But on a powerfully emotional level, being perceived as attractive means being welcomed into the cultural conversation. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 And the overall picture is powerfully sustained by a Washington Post expose that comes at us at a time when so much else in our republic seems a mess. Jay Ambrose, Twin Cities, "Jay Ambrose: Lies can kill people and our presence in Afghanistan is an example," 16 Dec. 2019 High-concept space films have been known to perform powerfully in China, but the mournful mood and somewhat slow pacing of Brady Grey's artful epic could test the market's patience. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China Box Office: 'Frozen 2' Climbs Toward $100M, 'Knives Out' Nabs $13.5M," 2 Dec. 2019 The story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 11 Sep. 2019 On Wednesday night, Lewis, who alternates the role with the exquisite Tamisha Guy, slinked or sliced her way about the stage, at times moving powerfully in near-robotic isolations. Janine Parker, BostonGlobe.com, "At Jacob’s Pillow, lush wonders from A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of powerfully

1589, in the meaning defined above

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“Powerfully.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/powerfully. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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