puissance

noun
puis·​sance | \ˈpwi-sᵊn(t)s, ˈpyü-ə-sən(t)s, pyü-ˈi-sᵊn(t)s \

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Examples of puissance in a Sentence

the president pledged to put the full puissance of the nation into the war effort

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There was a time when Jupiter was the king of the gods, and any man who doubted his puissance was ipso facto a barbarian and an ignoramus. John E. Mcintyre, baltimoresun.com, "In a word: puissant," 29 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of puissance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for puissance

Middle English, from Anglo-French pussance, puissance, from pussant able, powerful, from poer to be able, be powerful — more at power

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