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Might


MIGHT, noun preterit tense of may. Had power or liberty. He might go, or might have gone.

1. It sometimes denotes was possible, implying ignorance of the fact in the speaker. Orders might have been given for the purpose.

MIGHT, noun

1. Strength; force; power; primarily and chiefly, bodily strength or physical power; as, to work or strive with all one's might

There small be no might in thy hand. Deuteronomy 28:32.

2. Political power or great achievements.

The acts of David--with all his reign and his might

1 Chronicles 29:2. l Kings 15.

3. National strength; physical power or military force.

We have no might against this great company that cometh against us. 2 Chronicles 20:6.

4. Valor with bodily strength; military prowess; as men of might 1 Chronicles 12:8.

5. Ability; strength or application of means.

I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God--1 Chronicles 29:2.

6. Strength or force of purpose.

Like him was no king that turned to the Lord with all his might 2 Kings 23:10.

7. Strength of affection.

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might Deuteronomy 6:1.

8. Strength of light; splendor; effulgence.

Let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might Judges 5:31.

Shakespeare applied the word to an oath. 'An oath of mickle might ' This application is obsolete. We now use strength or force; as the strength or force of an oath or covenant.

With might and main, with the utmost strength or bodily exertion; a tautological phrase, as both words are from the same root, and mean the same thing.