a decline of mental faculties, especially as associated with old age; senility.
excessive fondness; foolish affection.
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How to use dotage in a sentence
Many veteran lefties have been effective with the kind of stuff Lester has shown in Florida — 86-to-90 mph fastballs and cutters on hitters’ hands, plus a big curve and a change he seems to have saved for his dotage.This Nationals spring has been filled with happy returns. Now let’s see if they last. | Thomas M. Boswell | March 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Being politically astute, even in her dotage, Baroness Thatcher was aware what contention that could create.
In An Accidental Sportswriter, he revisits Talese, now in his elegant, legend-buffing dotage.
To-morrow—a crippled veteran, and after that a pensioner drifting fast into a garrulous dotage.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
England is no more in her dotage than America is in her nonage.Canada and the Canadians | Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle
The old man, whose dull face seemed to indicate dotage, half raised himself at the sound of the stranger's voice.Night and Morning, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
But when Europe befools itself, in its dotage, with republican attire, we lads have a right to laugh.
On the following day he fell into a state of absolute dotage and insensibility, and never rose from his arm-chair again.Mauprat | George Sand
British Dictionary definitions for dotage
feebleness of mind, esp as a result of old age
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