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dotage

[ doh-tij ]
/ ˈdoʊ tɪdʒ /
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noun
a decline of mental faculties, especially as associated with old age; senility.
excessive fondness; foolish affection.
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Origin of dotage

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at dote, -age
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British Dictionary definitions for dotage

dotage
/ (ˈdəʊtɪdʒ) /

noun
feebleness of mind, esp as a result of old age
foolish infatuation

Word Origin for dotage

C14: from dote + -age
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Medical definitions for dotage

dotage
[ dōtĭj ]

n.
The loss of previously intact mental powers; senility.anility
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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