Definition of Dotage

1. Noun. Mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations.

Exact synonyms: Second Childhood, Senility
Generic synonyms: Age, Eld, Geezerhood, Old Age, Years
Derivative terms: Senile



Definition of Dotage

1. n. Feebleness or imbecility of understanding or mind, particularly in old age; the childishness of old age; senility; as, a venerable man, now in his dotage.

Definition of Dotage

1. Noun. Decline in judgment and other cognitive functions, associated with aging; senility. ¹

2. Noun. Fondness or attentiveness, especially to an excessive degree. ¹

3. Noun. foolish utterance; drivel ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dotage

1. a state of senility [n -S]

Medical Definition of Dotage

1. The deterioration of previously intact mental powers, common in old age. Synonym: dotardness. (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Dotage

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1. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptoms by Robert Burton (1880)
"It differs from melancholy and madness, because their dotage is without an ague; this continual, with waking, or memory decayed, &c. ..."

2. The Spectator: With Sketches of the Lives of the Authors, an Index, and by Joseph Addison, Richard Steele (1853)
"... and inspires people with a malevolence towards those poor decrepid parts of our species, in whom human nature is defaced by infirmity and dotage. ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1889)
"Then who will say but surely this may be A piece of work exact from dotage free. The dedication to the Earl of Warwick says that he had spent the greatest ..."

4. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson (1810)
"... in dotage, And in the end, ye shall know for certaine, Hope shall pay the wretches for hir wage, L'AMANT. Ve say as falleth most for your ..."

5. Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution: With an by Lorenzo Sabine (1864)
"This wretched blunder of over-sized balls" (words attributed to Sir William Howe) "arose from the dotage of an officer of rank in the Ordnance Department, ..."

6. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptoms by Robert Burton (1862)
"... acknowledge their own dotage, weakness, fury, yet they cannot withstand it; as well may witness those expostulations and confessions of Dido in Virgil: ..."

7. The Anatomy of melancholy v. 3 by Robert Burton (1875)
"and acknowledge their own dotage, weakness, fury, yet they cannot withstand it ; as well may witness those expostulations and confessions of Dido in Virgil ..."

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