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Word: puissant

Definition: powerful; strong; potent; N. puissance: power


Sentences Containing 'puissant'

Black Hawk's was once a puissant name hereabouts; as was Keokuk's, further down.
The emperor concluded me to be drowned, and that the enemy’s fleet was approaching in a hostile manner: but he was soon eased of his fears; for the channel growing shallower every step I made, I came in a short time within hearing, and holding up the end of the cable, by which the fleet was fastened, I cried in a loud voice, “Long live the most puissant king of Lilliput!” This great prince received me at my landing with all possible encomiums, and created me a _nardac_ upon the spot, which is the highest title of honour among them.
How comes all this, if there be not something puissant in whaling?

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