Definition of puissant in US English:



literary, archaic
  • Having great power or influence.

    ‘he would become a puissant man’
    • ‘By contrast, the last accidental tear-gassing was years ago, so feel free to leave your gas mask at home, unless you are intent on making a particularly puissant political fashion statement.’
    • ‘Faith is a puissant concept, yet it is problematic in isolation.’
    • ‘This depiction of the relationship between reader and book seems all the more puissant in light of discussion about the ‘competition’ between technology and book culture.’
    • ‘So once again they manage to juxtapose the puissant music with the borderline puerile ideas, ensorcelling you before dropping you with an abrupt thud.’
    • ‘Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks.’
    influential, strong, high-powered, important, controlling, dominant, commanding, potent, forceful, vigorous, dynamic, formidable, redoubtable
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin posse ‘be able’.