(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Lack of strength
1. impotence, inability, disability; disablement, impuissance, incapacity, incapability; inaptness, ineptitude, inefficiency, incompetence; disqualification. See weakness, unskillfulness, insufficiency.
2. (result of impotence) inefficacy (see uselessness); paralysis; helplessness, prostration, exhaustion, enervation.
3. (rendering impotent) emasculation, castration, bilateral orchidectomy.
4. (impotent person or thing) eunuch, castrato; cripple; blank cartridge, basket case, flash in the pan, dummy, dud, wimp. Slang, cold biscuit, flat tire, iceberg, ice wagon, schmendrick, third sex, abelard, androgyne, capon, gelding, spado, wether.
1. collapse, faint, swoon, drop. See deterioration.
2. unman, unnerve, enervate; emasculate, castrate, geld; disable, disarm, incapacitate, disqualify, unfit, invalidate; deaden, cramp, exhaust, weaken, debilitate; demoralize, take the wind out of one's sails; muzzle, cripple, maim, lame, hamstring, hogtie, paralyze, pull or draw the teeth of; break the back of; unhinge, unfit. Slang, fix, arrange, capsize, change, cut, dehorn, prune, spade, trim, doctor, knacker, mutilate, unsex. See hindrance.
3. be impotent. Slang, fire blanks.
1. impotent, powerless, unable, incapable, incompetent; inefficient, ineffective, ineffectual; inept, unfit[ted]; unqualified, disqualified, unendowed; crippled, halt, disabled, paralytic, paralyzed; emasculate[d], sexless, unsexed, fixed; on one's back; done up, dead beat, exhausted, shattered, demoralized; without a leg to stand on, hors de combat, out of commission.
2. harmless, helpless, unarmed; defenseless, unfortified; vincible, pregnable; null and void, nugatory, inoperative, good-for-nothing.
Quotations — It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence (Mahatma Gandhi), Justice without force is impotent; force without justice is tyranny (Pascal), Impotence and sodomy are socially OK, but birth control is flagrantly middle-class (Evelyn Waugh).
Antonyms, see power.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Sterility]
Syn. infertility, unproductiveness, infecundity; see barrenness .
2. [Weakness]
Syn. powerlessness, helplessness, feebleness, infirmity; see inability , weakness 1 .
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun The condition or state of being incapable of accomplishing or effecting anything: helplessness, inadequacy, incapability, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, inefficacy, pow-erlessness, uselessness. See AFFECT, STRONG.

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