Pu"is*sance, n. [F., fr.puissant. See Puissant, and cf. Potency, Potance, Potence.]

Power; strength; might; force; potency.

" Youths of puissance."

Tennyson.

The power and puissance of the king. Shak.

In Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton, puissance and puissant are usually dissyllables.

 

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