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puissant adj : powerful

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From posse, "be able" < potis, "able".



  1. Powerful, mighty, having authority.


  • 1599 — Shakespeare, Hen V i 2
    Awake remembrance of these valiant dead, / And with your puissant arm renew their feats.
  • 1667 — John Milton, Paradise Lost Book I
    For who can yet believe, though after loss,
    That all these puissant legions, whose exile
    Hath emptied Heaven, shall fail to re-ascend,
    Self-raised, and repossess their native seat?
  • 1726 — Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels Part I, ch. v
    I cried in a loud voice, "Long live the most puissant king of Lilliput!"
  • 1851 — Herman Melville, Moby Dick
    How comes all this, if there be not something puissant in whaling?
  • 1961 - Robert A. Heinlein, ''Stranger in a Strange Land
    In fact the titles could be anything-or (with some of the most puissant) no title at all...


powerful, mighty

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