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puissance

[pyoo-uh-suh ns, pyoo-is-uh ns, pwis-uh ns] /ˈpyu ə səns, pyuˈɪs əns, ˈpwɪs əns/
noun, Literary.
1.
power, might, or force.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to puiss(ant) puissant + -ance -ance
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for puissance

puissance

/ˈpjuːɪsəns; ˈpwiːsɑːns/
noun
1.
a competition in showjumping that tests a horse's ability to jump a limited number of large obstacles
2.
(archaic or poetic) power
Word Origin
C15: from Old French; see puissant
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Word Origin and History for puissance
n.

early 15c., "power, strength, authority," from Old French puissance, poissance "power, might" (12c.), from puissant (see puissant).

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