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Meaning of DOTAGE

Pronunciation:  'dowtij

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations

DOTAGE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: second childhood, senility
 See Also: age, eld, geezerhood, old age, years



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Do"tage\, n. [From {Dote}, v. i.]
1. 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.

         Capable of distinguishing between the infancy and
         the dotage of Greek literature.       --Macaulay.

2. Foolish utterance; drivel.

         The sapless dotages of old Paris and Salamanca. --

3. Excessive fondness; weak and foolish affection.

         The dotage of the nation on presbytery. -- Bp.

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