potent

Potent means really strong, but not like a body builder. Use potent instead to describe things like intense smells, powerful magic potions, and very influential people.

From the Latin potentum, meaning “powerful,” potent is just that: having tremendous strength or influence in either a moral or physical sense. A potent question gets to the heart of the matter and sparks serious discussion. Really stiff drinks can be potent, as can your breath after a garlicky meal. And as the composer Igor Stravinsky once asked, "What force is more potent than love?"

Definitions of potent
  1. adjective
    having or wielding force or authority
    “providing the ground soldier with increasingly potent weapons”
    synonyms: strong
    powerful
    having great power or force or potency or effect
  2. adjective
    having great influence
    synonyms: powerful
    influential
    having or exercising influence or power
  3. adjective
    having a strong physiological or chemical effect
    “a potent toxin”
    “"a potent cup of tea", "a stiff drink”
    synonyms: stiff, strong
    effective, effectual, efficacious
    producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect
    fertile
    capable of reproducing
    equipotent
    having equal strength or efficacy
    multipotent
    able to many things
    powerful
    having great power or force or potency or effect
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    Antonyms:
    impotent
    lacking power or ability
    infertile, sterile, unfertile
    incapable of reproducing
    ineffective, ineffectual, unable
    lacking in power or forcefulness
    impuissant
    lacking physical strength or vigor
    powerless
    lacking power
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  4. adjective
    (of a male) capable of copulation
    synonyms: virile
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    Antonyms:
    impotent
    (of a male) unable to copulate
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