- impostor syndrome,
Origin of impotence
Examples from the Web for impotence
Brinkley explained that despite all the recent advances in medicine, there still was nothing to be done for impotence.The Strange, True Tale of the Old-Timey Goat Testicle-Implanting 'Governor'|Penny Lane|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That is the height of cynicism, combined with an admission of impotence.
Male infertility was extremely stigmatic: it was falsely conflated with impotence.
European history also suggests the impotence of criminal law in these matters.
The reason, Foster argues, is that impotence implies a lack of virility, a lack of manliness.What the Sex Lives of the Founding Fathers Reveal About Us|Eric Herschthal|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The mood of impotence, of dissatisfaction, was on him, and was not to be shaken off.The Silver Poppy|Arthur Stringer
Wotan appears, and taunts him with his impotence, telling him meanwhile of Siegfried's speedy arrival.The Opera|R.A. Streatfeild
Another feeling took its place—the crushing sense of his impotence.The Captain of the Janizaries|James M. Ludlow
The painful sense of his impotence to show his feelings in some way or other made him most unhappy.The Burning Secret|Stefan Zweig
He lashed at his own impotence, for the ignominy of his position increased with his growing consciousness.King John of Jingalo|Laurence Housman
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.