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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IMPOTENCE

Madden quivered at his impotence to put his hand on the thief in the crowd.

I had not then been a monument of impotence and misery for the world to gaze at.

If you would be delivered from your impotence—oh, fear not to say, “I will, I will!”

Mr. Bentham sighed, as though his impotence were a matter of sincere regret to him.

This shows the impotence of any person who tries to prevent such infamies.

Whether it was in them impotence or judgment, it is not for me to decide.

She did this, she was obliged to do it, to prevent the feeling of impotence from overwhelming her.

It's they that we shall have to reduce to impotence if they persist in betraying the country!

But her captor's hold was not even shaken, and he laughed at the impotence of her attempt.

It admits their impotence to vanquish the loyal forces in open battle.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "physical weakness," also "poverty," from Middle French impotence "weakness," from Latin impotentia "lack of control or power," from impotentem (nominative impotens); see impotent. In reference to a want of (male) sexual potency, from c.1500. The figurative senses of the word in Latin were "violence, fury, unbridled passion." Related: Impotency.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.