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[doh-tij] /ˈdoʊ tɪdʒ/
a decline of mental faculties, especially as associated with old age; senility.
excessive fondness; foolish affection.
Origin of dotage
1300-50; Middle English; see dote, -age Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dotage
  • 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


feebleness of mind, esp as a result of old age
foolish infatuation
Word Origin
C14: from dote + -age
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Word Origin and History for dotage

"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)
The loss of previously intact mental powers; senility. Also called anility.

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