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puissant

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adjective puis·sant \-sənt, -sənt\

Definition of puissant

  1. :  having puissance :  powerful



Examples of puissant in a sentence

  1. <one of the nation's most respected and puissant advocates for the rights of minorities>



Did You Know?

Puissant has some powerful ties to some more commonplace English words. Although "puissant" has a considerably fancier feel than "power" and "potent," all three words share the same Latin ancestor: posse, a verb meaning "to be able." "Power" came to us by way of Anglo-French poer, which is itself thought to have come from "potēre," a Vulgar Latin alteration of "posse." "Potent" came from "potent-, potens," a present participle of "posse." From "poer" came the adjective pussant, meaning "able" or "powerful" in Anglo-French, and English speakers borrowed that to form "puissant" in the 15th century.

15th Century

First Known Use of puissant

15th century


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