puissance

[pyoo-uh-suhns, pyoo-is-uhns, pwis-uhns]
noun Literary.
power, might, or force.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to puiss(ant) puissant + -ance -ance

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puissance (ˈpjuːɪsəns, ˈpwiːsɑːns)
 
n
1.  a competition in showjumping that tests a horse's ability to jump a limited number of large obstacles
2.  archaic, poetic or power
 
[C15: from Old French; see puissant]

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Example sentences
It seems that the unadorned lie no longer has its old puissance.
Nothing is decided in the four years' contest but the simple matter of military puissance.
One can imagine what his puissance might be at the present ghostly stage.
Until their puissance they did prove, their manhood and their might.
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