- a decline of mental faculties, especially as associated with old age; senility.
- excessive fondness; foolish affection.
Origin of dotage
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Examples from the Web for dotage
Being politically astute, even in her dotage, Baroness Thatcher was aware what contention that could create.Margaret Thatcher, Divisive Even in Death
April 12, 2013
And was it not more than a good old man's dotage, God rest his soul!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Now I am getting into my dotage and look on the dark side of everything.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Have I reached my dotage by the way of the seven-league boots?The Lure of the Mask
You sometimes hear people say, 'Yes, but he was in his dotage.'The Shadow World
England is no more in her dotage than America is in her nonage.Canada and the Canadians
Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle
- feebleness of mind, esp as a result of old age
- foolish infatuation
C14: from dote + -age
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Word Origin and History for dotage
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The loss of previously intact mental powers; senility.anility
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