What word could I use to describe a person who is dominating not only physically but also in knowledge, experience, and comprehension? Someone who has a vast amount of experience?

Example of a sentence:

Dominating the room with his physical and ________ presence...

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    Intellectual is a possibility. See also charisma; aura. – Xanne Jun 25 '19 at 3:23
  • thanks much appreciated. – Jonnathan Strawthorne Jun 25 '19 at 7:01
  • How about gravitas? Although it doesn't fit in the sentence. – Cascabel Jun 25 '19 at 14:03
  • I would say "dominating" would be a sufficient word by itself. If someone is "dominating" the room, that has a lot of ambiguity of which you can decide what the nature of the domination is. They can be dominating the room by a forceful occupation, which would definitely be a form of physical presence. Or, the word could be referring to how they are figuratively dominating the room with their very presence. Everything from their stance, demeanor and speech. – A. Kvåle Jun 25 '19 at 22:04
  • Okay, thank you. – Jonnathan Strawthorne Jun 26 '19 at 1:04

A lot of words related to mind and soul can be used here, like:

psychic or psychical: relating to the soul or mind.

emotional: relating to a person's emotions.

spiritual: not concerned with material values or pursuits.

inner: mental or spiritual.

cognitive: relating to cognition.

psychological: related to the mental and emotional state of a person.

intellectual: relating to the intellect.

mental or mindly: relating to the mind.

psychogenic: having a psychological origin or cause rather than a physical one.

Hope, it helped :)

  • In the future, please do not use HTML mark-up: we prefer block-quote with the little wedgie thingie i.e. > – Cascabel Jun 25 '19 at 21:26
  • Any particular one that you think is best? – Mitch Jun 25 '19 at 21:47
  • I like the Psychogenic word. – Jonnathan Strawthorne Jun 26 '19 at 1:03
  • Dominating the room with his physical and psychogenic presence... – Jonnathan Strawthorne Jun 26 '19 at 1:05


Dominating the room with his physical and cerebral presence...

It is a near synonym of intellectual:

2a : appealing to intellectual appreciation
    cerebral drama

2b : primarily intellectual in nature
    a cerebral society
    books for cerebral readers


  • Spelled out definitions often miss the nuance; they fit by literal meanings but just don't considering all the unspoken associations. 'cerebral' means 'characteristic of thinking a lot' - people can be cerebral, but a presence really can't. – Mitch Jun 25 '19 at 21:50
  • If a society can be cerebral, I fail to understand the objection to applying the term to a presence. It paints the proper picture. – jxh Jun 25 '19 at 21:56
  • The 'presence' thinks a lot and shows it or provokes a lot of thought? That just doesn't work for me. 'cerebral' is about the inner workings of something, not the external display. – Mitch Jun 25 '19 at 22:00
  • You are providing an alternate definition of cerebral that is not in line with the definition I have cited in the answer. A lot of words have multiple meanings where one would work for the sentence and the other meaning would not. In this case, a cerebral presence is one where the person's presence raises the intellectual appeal of the gathering. – jxh Jun 25 '19 at 22:04
  • I am a science fiction author and the character I am writing about has lived for millions of years, is biological, is very tall, human in shape, but very muscular, extremely smart and has the experience as well. (Some background). So when the character enters the room his presence both physically and in demeanor is a very intimidating one. – Jonnathan Strawthorne Jun 26 '19 at 1:10

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