puis·​sance | \ ˈpwi-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce puissance (audio) , ˈpyü-ə-sən(t)s, pyü-ˈi-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce puissance (audio) \

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the president pledged to put the full puissance of the nation into the war effort
Recent Examples on the Web The doctrine’s puissance lies in the separation of powers. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Plot to Level the Administrative State," 14 Jan. 2020 Over the years, when French leaders have called for a Europe puissance (European power), this has often sounded suspiciously like code for French hegemonic ambitions. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron on Europe’s fragile place in a hostile world," 7 Nov. 2019 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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“Puissance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puissance. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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