Thursday, September 3, 2009


puissance \ˈpwi-sən(t)s, ˈpyü-ə-sən(t)s\ noun: strength, power

puissant \ˈpwi-sənt, ˈpyü-ə-sənt\ adjective: strong, powerful

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French pussance, puissance, from pussant able, powerful, from poer to be able, be powerful, from Vulgar Latin potēre, alteration of Latin posse to be able, from potis, pote able; akin to Gothic brūthfaths bridegroom, Greek posis husband, Sanskrit pati master

Puissance does not sound like what it is.

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