mächtig

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German mechtic, from Old High German mahtīg, mahtīc, from Proto-Germanic *mahtīgaz. Equivalent to Macht +‎ -ig. Compare Dutch machtig, English mighty.

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Adjective[edit]

mächtig (comparative mächtiger, superlative am mächtigsten)

  1. (+ genitive) powerful, mighty
    Ist Deutschland ein mächtiges Land?
    Is Germany a powerful country?
    Er ist dieser Sprache nicht mächtig.
    He does not have a good command of this language.
  2. (colloquial) intense, intensely
    Meine Mutter war mächtig sauer.
    My mother was really mad.
  3. (regional) very filling (of food)

Usage notes[edit]

The genitive construction with mächtig is somewhat formal.

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