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impuissance (im-PYOO-i-suhns) noun
Lack of strength or power.
[From Middle English, from Old French, from in- (not) + puissance (power), ultimately from Indo-European root poti- (powerful). Some other words that are derived from the same root: possess, power, possible, and potent.]
"In conjunction with their impuissance and low status, the regulated
designs of Zoroastrian houses facilitated tension and conflict between
members of the two groups."
"This friendly warning -- this forbearance to strike the blow that was
to remove the manacles from millions of bondsmen -- was treated by the
masters of the slaves with scorn. It was sneered at by them, as an act of
This week's theme: Miscellaneous words
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. -Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US president, architect and author (1743-1826)