Definition of forcefully in English:



  • 1In a strong and assertive manner; vigorously.

    ‘he argued forcefully against reform’
    ‘the government need to act forcefully on this issue’
    • ‘This strikes home most forcefully in the battle sequence.’
    • ‘He underplays constantly, but he does step up to the plate to assert himself forcefully from time to time.’
    • ‘The preconceptions on which such views are built are forcefully challenged by him in an article this month.’
    • ‘A more forcefully modern rejection of the courtly Petrarchan tradition could scarcely be made.’
    • ‘She paints sharply peculiar yet forcefully compelling human faces.’
    • ‘Many of the figures are spray-painted solid gold, to enable their power to radiate more forcefully.’
    • ‘What comes across forcefully from the book is the extent to which Godwin did not aspire to the role of intellectual.’
    • ‘The movie is funny, yes, but never forcefully.’
    • ‘Ironically, it is the much maligned "rhythm" of his own account that comes most forcefully to the surface.’
    • ‘The intense focus on HIV/AIDS this last week impacted forcefully on the visual arts scene.’
    1. 1.1 Using considerable physical strength or violence.
      ‘he forcefully shoved her back into the wall’
      ‘exhale forcefully through your nose’
      • ‘Forcefully, I pushed my foot into my favorite sneaks and rushed out towards the field.’
      • ‘With her free hand, she was gripping his chin and forcefully turning his face towards hers.’
      • ‘He ran ahead, but something forcefully collided into his back, making him drop the plastic case.’
      • ‘For the last breath, exhale through the mouth forcefully.’
      • ‘Biting her lip, she tried to push past him, but he forcefully grabbed her by the arm.’
      • ‘He forcefully turned her arm over, and slowly a grimace spread over his face.’
      • ‘He pushed the quilt forcefully away from him and leaped out of bed.’
      • ‘I forcefully stabbed my egg roll.’
      • ‘She swung it open forcefully, finding herself face-to-face with a beaming Michael.’
      • ‘Her performance had fine details, like how she forcefully clasped her mother's hands as if to silence her prophecies of doom.’