dotage


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do·tage

(dō'tăj),
The deterioration of previously intact mental powers, common in old age.

dotage

(dō′tĭj)
n.
A deterioration of mental faculties associated with aging.

do·tage

(dō'tăj)
The deterioration of previously intact mental powers, common in old age.

dotage

(dōt′ij) [ME. doten, to be silly]
A pejorative term for cognitive impairment.
References in classic literature ?
The unhappy collector looked piteously at his wife, as if to see whether there was any one trait of Miss Petowker left in Mrs Lillyvick, and finding too surely that there was not, begged pardon of all the company with great humility, and sat down such a crest- fallen, dispirited, disenchanted man, that despite all his selfishness and dotage, he was quite an object of compassion.
The respect shown throughout the play by Claudius to Polonius, the Lord Chamberlain, now in his dotage, suggests that possibly Polonius was instrumental in securing Claudius' election.
If a nation is in its dotage, if it has been corrupted to the core by philosophism and the spirit of discussion, it is on the high-road to despotism, from which no form of free government will save it.
The horror of Pitt Crawley may be imagined, as these reports of his father's dotage reached the most exemplary and correct of gentlemen.
And if my grandmamma wasn't in her dotage when she took to insisting on people's retiring to dark apartments, she ought to have been.
He said this with such evident surprise that I was perplexed what answer to make, and the more so because coupled with something feeble and wandering in his manner, there were in his face marks of deep and anxious thought which convinced me that he could not be, as I had been at first inclined to suppose, in a state of dotage or imbecility.
In my relative dotage my upper limit is now not much more than 10kHz.
Sure, in its dotage, the Pallasades looked tired, a little grubby and frayed round the edges.
But if anyone thinks the Specialis reaching his dotage, they had better think again.
Although talks on a fresh deal have yet to get started, Regan has told the 58-year-old that he can secure his employment into his dotage if he continues to add to his tally of victories.
But although talks on a fresh deal have yet to get started, SFA chief executive Regan has told the 58-year-old that he can secure his employment into his dotage if he continues to add to his tally of victories.
Tolstoy subtly illustrates the parallels and contrasts between horse and human, as we see through Strider's eyes the decline of his most memorable owner--a rich, arrogant hussar officer in his youth and a depleted, decrepit figure in his dotage.