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Friday, December 30, 2016

Definitions for senectitude

  1. the last stage of life; old age.

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Citations for senectitude
Call me lazy, if you will; write me off as a dilettante lurching toward senectitude.... For me, this was simply a retirement project more purposeful than golf, more engrossing than whittling. Austen A. Ettinger, "About Men: The Retiring Kind," New York Times, May 28, 1989
... [The newspaper] began to run editorials reminding the voters that while the life span of man undoubtedly had been prolonged, the problem of senectitude had by no means been conquered, and that aged men in positions of public trust could constitute a definite hazard ... Edwin O'Connor, The Last Hurrah, 1956
Origin of senectitude
Senectitude comes from the Medieval Latin noun senectitūdō meaning "old age," which in turn comes from Classical Latin senectūs, a derivative of the noun senex meaning "old man." Senectitude entered English in the late 1700s, more precisely, in 1796 in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels.