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  1. a decline of mental faculties, especially as associated with old age; senility.
  2. 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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Related Words for dotage

fatuity, senility, weakness, decrepitude, imbecility, infirmity, senectitude

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British Dictionary definitions for dotage


  1. feebleness of mind, esp as a result of old age
  2. foolish infatuation
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Word Origin for dotage

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


  1. The loss of previously intact mental powers; senility.anility
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