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Nov 24, 2016
This week’s theme
Don’t judge a word by its sound

This week’s words
pulchritude
degustation
bucolic
puissant
crepuscular

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puissant

PRONUNCIATION:
(PWIS-uhnt, PYOO-uh-suhnt)

MEANING:
adjective: Potent.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via French from Latin posse (to be able). Ultimately from the Indo-European root poti- (powerful, lord), which also gave us power, potent, possess, posse, possible, and Turkish pasha (via Persian). Earliest documented use: 1435.

USAGE:
“He knew that the demon was puissant enough to guarantee them victory this day.”
William Carson; Few Far Fallen; Morning Rain Publishing; 2014.

See more usage examples of puissant in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Do we need weapons to fight wars? Or do we need wars to create markets for weapons? -Arundhati Roy, author (b. 24 Nov 1961)

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