puissant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Middle French puissant, poissant, Anglo-Norman puissant, Old French pussant, et al., present participle of pooir(to be able), ultimately from Latin posse(be able).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpwɪs(ə)nt/, /ˈpjuːɪs(ə)nt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpjuəsənt/, /ˈpwɪsənt/
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puissant ‎(comparative more puissant, superlative most puissant)

  1. (archaic or literary) Powerful, mighty, having authority.
    • 1599Shakespeare, Hen V i 2
      Awake remembrance of these valiant dead, / And with your puissant arm renew their feats.
    • 1667John 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, Chapter V
      I cried in a loud voice, "Long live the most puissant king of Lilliput!"
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 24
      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...

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the verb pouvoir, or from the present participle of Old French puissant, pussant, formed with the stem puis- in conjugated forms of the verb.

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puissant m ‎(feminine singular puissante, masculine plural puissants, feminine plural puissantes)

  1. powerful; mighty

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From the present participle of pooir, povoir, formed with the stem puis- in conjugated forms of the verb.

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puissant m ‎(oblique and nominative feminine singular puissant or puissante)

  1. powerful; mighty

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