Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


It is only in poetry that Cupid is more powerful than either Mammon or Mars.

Because the albaboss is quicker and more powerful in action.

There are some things that are more powerful than emperors, and the atmosphere is one of them.

And more powerful with them are good manners, than with other people are good laws.

And there was a new and more powerful motor aboard the thing now.

Had you any doubt as to who that more powerful man might be?

Wisdom is less tangible than force but more powerful in the end.

It was the more powerful that it was vague, and the outcome of some inward instinct.

Opportunity is more powerful even than conquerors and prophets.

May your new friend at Beiroot be more powerful than I am, and as faithful!'


c.1400, from power (n.) + -ful. Meaning "of great quality or number" is from 1811; colloquial sense of "exceedingly" (adv.) is from 1822. Related: Powerfully. Thornton ("American Glossary") notes powerful as "Much used by common people in the sense of very," along with monstrous and cites curious expressions such as devilish good, monstrous pretty (1799), dreadful polite, cruel pretty, abominable fine (1803), "or when a young lady admires a lap dog for being so vastly small and declares him prodigious handsome" (1799).