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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Definitions for middlescence

  1. the middle-age period of life, especially when considered a difficult time of self-doubt and readjustment.

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Citations for middlescence
Just as poor Alonso Quijano, in middle age, was so bewitched by the novels of chivalry that he declared himself Don Quixote de la Mancha, the Knight of Doleful Aspect, so the skipper of Rocinante Cuatro, in his middlescence, was led by his passion for Cervantes's novel to identify himself with both its hero and, eventually, its author. John Barth, The Tidewater Tales, 1987
He can tint out the gray in his hair, tone up the doughy muscles of middlescence on the most exquisitely devised exercise tables in Manhattan, take the woman of his choice out to dinner at "21," and take back any traces of psychic discomfort to a Park Avenue psychiatrist. Gail Sheehy, "Catch-30 and Other Predictable Crises of Growing Up Adult," New York, February 18, 1974
Origin of middlescence
1960-1965
Middlescence is a blend of middle and adolescence. It entered English in the 1960s.