dotage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dotage mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dotage Excessive fondness; weak and foolish affection. "The dotage of the nation on presbytery."
    • Dotage Feebleness or imbecility of understanding or mind, particularly in old age; the childishness of old age; senility; as, a venerable man, now in his dotage . "Capable of distinguishing between the infancy and the dotage of Greek literature."
    • Dotage Foolish utterance; drivel. "The sapless dotages of old Paris and Salamanca."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dotage The state of one who dotes; feebleness or imbecility of mind in old age; second childhood; senility.
    • n dotage Weak and foolish affection; excessive fondness.
    • n dotage The folly imagined by one who is foolish and doting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dotage a doting: childishness of old age: excessive fondness
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Dote (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Dut. doten, to be silly, Scot. doitet, stupid; Fr. radoter, to rave, is from the same root.

Usage

In literature:

Raymond was, at this time, an old man, in his seventy-seventh year, and somewhat in his dotage.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
It would be sad injustice, the reader must understand, to represent all my excellent old friends as in their dotage.
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
It was the very dotage of incapacity.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
If this is being superannuated, no matter; when dotage can amuse itself it ceases to be an evil.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
A few tears, a few smiles, and the old king will lapse into his dotage.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 361, November, 1845." by Various
Aye, I am an old man and in my dotage when I seek to set years of good faith and experience against the fortunate moments of a fool.
"The Arrow-Maker" by Mary Austin
This faith taught him to despise the presumption of the world which derided him as a man in his dotage.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Heed not, I pray you, an old man in his dotage.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
Even in the Memoirs of her father there is no trace of dotage.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
I'm not in my dotage yet.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
The grandmother in her dotage was no counsellor at all.
"Famous Women: George Sand" by Bertha Thomas
In his dotage making a rod to whip himself.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
He is an old man, between seventy and eighty, of great self-esteem, perhaps entering his dotage.
"The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences" by Hosea Quinby
Jasper Fay, it seemed to his son, had passed into some pitiful and premature stage of dotage.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
That angel face on which my dotage hung!
"Jane Shore" by Nicholas Rowe
The old woman is in her dotage!
"Dainty's Cruel Rivals" by Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
It is subject neither to nonage, nor dotage.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Am I in my dotage, think you?
"Vashti" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
Never will "The Pleasures of Memory" be forgotten till the world is in its dotage.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
Old Captain Gertrais-Gaboureau was evidently in his dotage.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
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In poetry:

See - here's his photograph - you see,
He's in his dotage." "Ah, dear me!
Poor soul!" said SIMON. "His decease
Would be a merciful release!"
"The Reverend Simon Magus" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I hold that perfect joy makes all our parts
As joyful as our hearts.
Our senses tell us, if we please not them,
Our love is but a dotage or a dream.
"If you refuse me once, and think again" by John Suckling
If dull, if blind, if mad, if full of fire
And fierce impatience — if to dotage gone,
Pity thy aged mother and thy sire,
And bear their frailties, as a duteous son.
"The Duty Of Children To Their Parents" by Rees Prichard
Now when I'm old and in my dotage,
I hope I'll have a humble cottage,
And sit me by a hive of bees,
A patchwork quilt accross my knees,
Warming my worn hands in the sun,
All ropey with the work they've done.
"Patches" by Robert W Service
Nautilus Island's hermit
heiress still lives through winter in her Spartan cottage;
her sheep still graze above the sea.
Her son's a bishop. Her farmer is first selectman in our village;
she's in her dotage.
"Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell
Good Nightingale! thou speakest wondrous fair,
Yet for all that, the truth is found elsewhere;
For Love in young folk is but rage, I wis:
And Love in old folk a great dotage is;
Who most it useth, him 'twill most impair.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth

In news:

President Barack Obama and the Yankees' Derek Jeter held news conferences Tuesday that reminded me _ like so many other things seem to do in my dotage _ of an old story.
In his dotage, my old man (a chemistry PhD ) used to say, as he slowly stirred his martini with a crooked finger, "the more we know, the less we know.".
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