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It cannot be denied that he has often made good use of his influence.

Under its influence Hope sometimes appeared at disadvantage.

He has no voice in its making, no influence in its administration, it does not represent him.

The influence of Westhampton is Radical, and fills the Council with a lot of outsiders.

Their influence on us is at least reciprocal with ours on them.

In relation to her and her people he seemed to himself a man of power and influence.

That gave a ground of hope for her influence with him that his sister had long lost.

It is possible that this is one link in the chain of influence which she was weaving around them.

The influence of Le Moyne was still on him, however, and he went on quietly with what he was doing.

With an influence so great she had simply said, "Spare of censure this man for my sake."

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., an astrological term, "streaming ethereal power from the stars acting upon character or destiny of men," from Old French influence "emanation from the stars that acts upon one's character and destiny" (13c.), also "a flow of water," from Medieval Latin influentia "a flowing in" (also used in the astrological sense), from Latin influentem (nominative influens), present participle of influere "to flow into," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + fluere "to flow" (see fluent). Meaning "exercise of personal power by human beings" is from mid-15c.; meaning "exertion of unseen influence by persons" is from 1580s (a sense already in Medieval Latin, e.g. Aquinas). Under the influence "drunk" first attested 1866.

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