puissant

puissant

[pyoo-uh-suhnt, pyoo-is-uhnt, pwis-uhnt]
adjective Literary.
powerful; mighty; potent.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *possent- (stem of *possēns), for Latin potent- (stem of potēns), present participle of posse to be able, have power; see potent, -ant

puissantly, adverb
overpuissant, adjective
overpuissantly, adverb
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puissant (ˈpjuːɪsənt)
 
adj
archaic, poetic or powerful
 
[C15: from Old French, ultimately from Latin potēns mighty, from posse to have power]
 
'puissantly
 
adv

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puissant
mid-15c., from M.Fr. puissant "being powerful," earlier poissant, from stem of poeir "to be able" (see power).
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