- I(Roget's IV) modif.1. [Wielding power]Syn. mighty, all-powerful, almighty, superhuman, omnipotent, overpowering, great, invincible, dominant, indomitable, influential, authoritative, overruling, potent, puissant, forceful, forcible, compelling, ruling, prevailing, preeminent, commanding, supreme, highest, important, authoritarian, charismatic, paramount, ruthless, in the saddle, having the upper hand, in control; see also predominant 1 .Ant. weak*, incompetent, impotent.2. [Strong]Syn. robust, stalwart, sturdy; see strong 1 , 2 .3. [Effective]Syn. efficacious, effectual, convincing; see persuasive .II(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.1. physically strong mighty, potent, energetic, brawny, muscular, *built, *strapping, robust, vigorous, hulking, massive, *built like an ox.2. authoritative, effective commanding, dominant, in control, influential, controlling, potent, capable, forceful, preeminent, important, *carry-ing a lot of weight, *having a lot of clout, puissant.ANT.: 1. weak, feeble, *wimpy, emasculated. 2. powerless, unimportant, submissive, helplessIII(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Having great physical strength: mighty, potent, puissant, strong. See STRONG. 2. Conveying great physical force: hard, heavy, hefty, severe. See BIG. 3. Having or able to exert great power: mighty, potent, puissant. See STRONG. 4. Full of or displaying force: dynamic, dynamical, effective, forceful, forcible, hard-hitting, strong, vigorous. See STRONG. 5. Having or exercising influence: consequential, important, influential, weighty. See AFFECT, IMPORTANT, STRONG.
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