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Aug 22, 2014
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Miscellaneous words

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presentiment
fungible
plangent
deportment
puissance

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puissance

PRONUNCIATION:
(PWIS-uhns, PYOO-i-suhns)

MEANING:
noun: Power or strength.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French puissance (power), from Latin posse (to be able). Ultimately from the Indo-European root poti- (powerful, lord) which also gave us possess, power, possible, posse, potent, plenipotentiary, Italian podesta, and Turkish pasha (via Persian). Earliest documented use: 1420.

USAGE:
"If a recent negotiated deal between Washington and Tehran reaches fruition, Turkey will achieve its goal of limiting Kurdish puissance without firing a shot."
Linda S. Heard; Kurdish Rebel Action Tests Turkey-US Ties; Gulf News (Dubai); Jun 5, 2007.

See more usage examples of puissance in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little. -Ray Bradbury, science-fiction writer (1920-2012)

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