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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Definitions for puissant

  1. Literary. powerful; mighty; potent.

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Citations for puissant
His authority held an incalculable element, precisely described as uncanny. His spirit was puissant, elemental, his activity irresistible. Algernon Blackwood, “The Regeneration of Lord Ernie,” Incredible Adventures, 1914
All that these people felt sure of was, that the inspiration back of it was genuine and puissant. They would have given their right hands to know the source of it. Mark Twain, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, 1896
Origin of puissant
late Middle English
1400-1450
Puissant entered English from Middle French and is ultimately related to the Latin term posse meaning "to be able, have power."