Captured alive, he would have been both a source of potentially damning information and a symbol of his organization's impotence.
The reason, Foster argues, is that impotence implies a lack of virility, a lack of manliness.
European history also suggests the impotence of criminal law in these matters.
The age of instant, ubiquitous information and exposure has created a feeling of prolonged stasis and impotence.
An aura of impotence has consumed the government, as deep, across-the-board cuts everyone says they oppose set in.
The American passengers appeared one and all to be rejoicing over the impotence of the great ship.
Madden quivered at his impotence to put his hand on the thief in the crowd.
It shows the vanity of immoderate pretensions, the power of wisdom and virtue, the impotence of folly and crime.
This shows the impotence of any person who tries to prevent such infamies.
Shining like that, through his egotistical pride, the facts of his failure and impotence tormented him.
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.
impotence im·po·tence (ĭm'pə-təns) or im·po·ten·cy (-tən-sē)
The quality or condition of being impotent.