Origin of impotent
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Contemporary Examples of impotently
All while the international community observed, if not passively, impotently.The Radicals Who Slaughtered a Synagogue
November 19, 2014
Historical Examples of impotently
The disaster rankled in Edward's mind, ever craving vengeance, impotently.King Robert the Bruce
A. F. Murison
Blake raged at that, impotently, pathetically, like an old lion with its teeth drawn.The Shadow
In that query was the riddle which impotently Verplank was trying to solve.The Monster
This was resented, but impotently, by the various sovereigns.Invention
Bradley A. Fiske
They both sprang to their feet, and glared at him impotently.A Mysterious Disappearance
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.