Origin of puissant
Examples from the Web for puissant
At one time, indeed, she was almost as much thought of and talked about as her more civilised and puissant European sisters.
The most puissant pen is powerless, the brightest colour too cold.The War Trail|Mayne Reid
If a delusion, surely a delusion merely, not a crime, the most puissant spirit among us must allow.The Gunpowder Plot and Lord Mounteagle's Letter|Henry Hawkes Spink Jr.
Is it to be supposed for an instant that this puissant racial force was dissipated and lost?The Quest for a Lost Race|Thomas E. Pickett
Half an hour later, Haward rose from his chair and bowed low as to some highborn and puissant dame.Audrey|Mary Johnston
Word Origin for puissant
mid-15c., from Middle French puissant "strong, mighty, powerful," earlier poissant (12c.), from stem of Old French poeir "to be able" (see power (n.)). Related: Puissantly.