impotently impotently

Definition(s):

  • (adv) in a helpless manner

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. We cannot continue allowing nations to enrich and reprocess uranium, ostensibly for civilian purposes, and stand by impotently as they develop weapons programs.
  2. For all the drivers who have fumed impotently while watching a mobile phone-toting motorist weave his distracted way through traffic, justice is at hand.
  3. Sean Connery's King Arthur is a leader for the Clinton era, well-meaning, essentially temporizing, as he impotently watches a great dream dwindle.

News

  1. Can Israel Survive Obama?

    In the spring of 2012, when I wrote "The Last Israelis," I thought that the pessimistic premise of my cautionary tale on Iranian nukes was grounded in realism. I had imagined a U.S. president who passively and impotently reacted to Iran's nuclear ambitions, leaving it to tiny Israel to deal with the threat.
    on November 12, 2013     Source: The Christian Post

  2. De Blasio's City Council Speaker Will Be Coked Up Commie, NY Post Warns

    So far the funnest thing about the forthcoming de Blasio administration is watching the NY Post impotently contort itself into a sneering pretzel of psycho-salty contempt. On the eve of election, the tabloid ran a cover story suggesting de Blasio was a Communist because he visited the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Now the Post editrolls are targeting possible City Council Speaker Melissa ...
    on November 12, 2013     Source: Gothamist

  3. Next From The ECB: Here Comes QE, According To BNP

    The latest myth of a European recovery came crashing down two weeks ago when Eurostat reported an inflation print of 0.7% (putting Europe's official inflation below that of Japan's 1.1%), followed promptly by a surprise rate cut by Mario Draghi which achieves nothing but sends a message that the ECB is, impotently, watching the collapse in European inflation and loan creation coupled by an ...
    on November 12, 2013     Source: Zero Hedge

Quotes

  1. "Some nations use the pretense of civilian nuclear programmes as cover for nuclear weapons programs.......... We cannot continue allowing nations to enrich and reprocess uranium, ostensibly for civilian purposes, and stand by impotently as they...
    on May 28, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Sify

  2. "As the Balkans wars in the 1990s demonstrated, unless Europe can develop its own capabilities it will be consigned always to wait impotently until the US and NATO are ready and able to intervene," Miliband said.
    on Jul 2, 2008 By: David Miliband Source: Reuters UK

  3. "Sinn Fein had the gun to the DUP's head and, rather than face an election, they rolled over and delivered the Sinn Fein agenda," Mr Allister said. "This is the reality for a once-strong Peter Robinson now impotently joined at the hip with...
    on Feb 11, 2010 By: Jim Allister Source: Belfast Telegraph

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