Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Puissant, so much potential from one potent Indo-European root

from wordsmith.org

puissant (PYOO-uh-suhnt) adjective Potent.
[Via French from Latin posse (to be able), ultimately from the Indo-European root poti- (powerful, lord) that is also the source of power, potent, possess, possible, posse, Italian podesta, and Turkish pasha (via Persian).]
"The full-race Evo is about 557 pounds lighter and 30 horsepower more puissant."
Dan Neil; A Beast in the 'burbs; Los Angeles Times; Jun 16, 2004.

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