potent (adj.)
powerful, influential
1H4 IV.i.11[Douglas to and of Hotspur] No man so potent breathes upon the ground / But I will beard him
AC III.vi.95[Maecenas to Octavia] Only th'adulterous Antony ... gives his potent regiment to a trull / That noises it against us
AYL V.iv.166[Duke Senior to Jaques de Boys] Thou offerest fairly ... a potent dukedom [or: potential, prospective]
Ham II.ii.600[Hamlet alone, of the devil] he is very potent with such spirits
Tem I.ii.275[Prospero to Ariel, of Sycorax] she did confine thee, / By help of her more potent ministers
Tem V.i.50[Prospero alone] graves at my command / Have waked their sleepers, oped, and let 'em forth / By my so potent art
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