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Definition powerful — especially the power to influence or coerce
  • Overuse of the word "disaster" has cost that word its puissance.
  • the puissance of the labor vote
  • They thus directed, we will follow In the main battle; whose puissance on either side Shall be well winged with our chiefest horse.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • His black sorcerer was more puissant than all of Euron's three, even if you threw them in a pot and boiled them down to one.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • The camerlegno, as if in some sort of post-traumatic trance, seemed suddenly puissant, possessed by demons.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Because he was high and puissant, and you wished to have renown and glory and to be lifted far above the mean things that crawl on the earth.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • It means you could potentially be the most puissant High Priestess the vampyres have ever known.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • Sweet Petyr, surely you do not mean to suggest that these puissant lords and noble knights could be bought like so many chickens in the market.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Most high, most mighty, and most puissant Caesar, Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat An humble heart.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • A most puissant warrior is our Robert, and such a manly man has little love for sneaks and spies and eunuchs.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Their presence was an articulate tribute to the force and puissance of men united by indivisible will, by absolute conviction.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • "Mais, assez puissant!" said the other porter sagely.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • You feel in the atmosphere the same tonic, puissant quality that is in the tilth, the same strength and resoluteness.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • How comes all this, if there be not something puissant in whaling?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • That he should draw his several strengths together And come against us in full puissance, Need not be dreaded.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • "Your Grace," said Whitebeard, "the Prince of Dragonstone was a most puissant warrior, but ...."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • And I shall not fail you, said Sir Dinadan, unto my puissance, upon my life.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II
  • My fatherland, city of Thebes divine, Ye gods of Thebes whence sprang my line, Look, puissant lords of Thebes, on me; The last of all your royal house ye see.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Most Puissant One.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Thus grows up Fashion, an equivocal semblance, the most puissant, the most fantastic and frivolous, the most feared and followed, and which morals and violence assault in vain.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays

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