Synonyms of power
1 controlDictionary • women who have reached positions of great power and influence
control • The first aim of his government would be to establish control over the republic's territory.
authority • He has no natural authority.
influence • As he grew older, she had less influence and couldn't control him.
command • the struggle for command of the air
sovereignty • Britain's concern to protect national sovereignty is far from new.
sway • How can mothers keep daughters under their sway?
dominance • They're unpopular for their dominance over the community.
domination • They had five centuries of domination by the Romans.
supremacy • The president asserted his supremacy over the prime minister.
mastery • a region where humans have gained mastery over the major rivers
dominion • They believe they have dominion over us.
ascendancy • The extremists are gaining ascendancy.
mana (New Zealand) • a leader of great mana and influence
2 abilityDictionary • He was so drunk that he had lost the power of speech.
ability • No one had faith in his ability to do the job.
capacity • Our capacity for giving care, love and attention is limited.
faculty • A faculty for self-preservation is necessary when you have friends like hers.
potential • The boy has potential.
capability • These tasks are far beyond her capabilities.
competence • I regard him as a man of integrity and high professional competence.
3 authorityDictionary • The Prime Minister has the power to dismiss senior ministers.
authority • The judge has no authority to order a second trial.
right • a woman's right to choose
licence • The curfew gave the police licence to hunt people as if they were animals.
privilege • The ancient powers and privileges of the House of Commons.
warrant • Police have issued a warrant for his arrest.
prerogative • I thought it was a woman's prerogative to change her mind?
authorization • a request for authorization to use military force
4 strengthDictionary • He had no power in his left arm.
strength • He was surprised at the strength of his own feeling.
might • The might of the army could prove a decisive factor.
energy • He was saving his energy for the big race in Belgium.
weight • That argument no longer carries much weight.
muscle • The team showed more muscle than mental application.
vigour • He lacks the vigour of a normal, healthy teenager.
potency • the extraordinary potency of his personality
brawn • He's got plenty of brains as well as brawn.
5 forcefulness • the power of his rhetoric
force • He changed our world through the force of his ideas.
strength • They have their own independence movement which is gathering strength.
punch (informal) • The film lacks punch and pace.
intensity • His intensity, and the ferocity of his feelings alarmed me.
potency • His remarks have added potency given the current situation.
eloquence • the eloquence with which he delivered his message
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abilityYour ability to do something is the fact that you can do it.
• No one had faith in his ability to do the job.
ascendancyIf one group has ascendancy over another group, it has more power or influence than the other group.
• The extremists are gaining ascendancy.
rangatiratanga (New Zealand)
rangatiratanga (New Zealand)
authorityIf someone has authority, they have a quality which makes other people take notice of what they say.
• He has no natural authority.
Thesaurus for power from the Collins English Thesaurus
ability or capacity to do something
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