Origin of impotent
Examples from the Web for impotent
As the protagonist gets herself off in front of her impotent husband, she moans “Oh, Gronky.”‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He was prescribed a course of hormone pills that caused him to grow breasts and rendered him impotent.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, what people like Erickson and Sarah Palin want the House to do is impeach Obama, not file an impotent lawsuit.Obama Should Counter John Boehner’s Lawsuit—and Here’s How He Can Do It|Dean Obeidallah|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Chicago is a city imperiled by impotent leadership that is unwilling to face down this crisis.
An impotent democracy has left its people feeling powerless.
Impotent persons were to be removed to the place where they had resided for three years, and allowed to beg.Landholding In England|Joseph Fisher
He held his mother's band; if he could but feel one pressure of the slight fingers before they were impotent for ever!Demos|George Gissing
In the present day they are mere bluster of impotent odium theologicum.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Daniel|F. W. Farrar
How is it that girls are so potent to refuse such favours at one time, and so impotent in preventing their exaction at another?The Bertrams|Anthony Trollope
I also see men here and there fling themselves in impotent disloyalty against the calm, indomitable power of the nation.President Wilson's Addresses|Woodrow Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for impotent
Word Origin and History for impotent
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.