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He might have served Cibber or Gibbons as a model for a statue of impotent rage.

Then, in a moment, his weakness was further displayed in an impotent obstinacy.

The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool.

When He spoke to the impotent man His word of command had to be obeyed.

About the answer of the impotent man there could be no doubt.

The result is a compound of vulgar rascalities and impotent Byronics.

Never had he felt so impotent, so utterly unworthy of his manhood.

Since the impotent woman had been struck down, she had never moved her hands.

Madame Raquin, impotent and childish, ceased to be an obstacle.

At first sight the legislator appears to be impotent, for all things are the sport of chance.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "physically weak, enfeebled, crippled," from Old French impotent "powerless, weak, incapable," from Latin imponentem (nominative impotens) "lacking control, powerless," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + ponentem (nominative potens) "potent" (see potent).

Meaning "having no power to accomplish anything" is from mid-15c.; that of "completely lacking in sexual power" (of males) is from mid-15c. Middle English also had a native term for this: Cunt-beaten (mid-15c.). The figurative sense in Latin was "without self-control, headstrong, violent." Related: Impotently.

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