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dotage

[doh-tij] /ˈdoʊ tɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a decline of mental faculties, especially as associated with old age; senility.
2.
excessive fondness; foolish affection.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see dote, -age
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  • It would be sad injustice, the reader must understand, to represent all my excellent old friends as in their dotage.
  • The victors, meanwhile, hung on to power long into their dotage.
  • But it is also a symptom of mild paranoia about whether these firms can in their dotage still deliver perky growth.
  • Most rely on teaching, day jobs or rich spouses in their dotage.
  • They didn't react in the same way to lionesses, so it wasn't that they were becoming generally more panicky in their dotage.
British Dictionary definitions for dotage

dotage

/ˈdəʊtɪdʒ/
noun
1.
feebleness of mind, esp as a result of old age
2.
foolish infatuation
Word Origin
C14: from dote + -age
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Word Origin and History for dotage
n.

"the state of one who dotes," c.1300; see dote + -age. Originally of all sorts of mental impairment, not just that resulting from old age. First recorded late 14c. for "senility."

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dotage in Medicine

dotage dot·age (dō'tĭj)
n.
The loss of previously intact mental powers; senility. Also called anility.

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