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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dotage  \Do"tage\,  n.  [From  {Dote},  v.  i.] 
  1.  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.  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  Foolish  utterance;  drivel. 
 
  The  sapless  dotages  of  old  Paris  and  Salamanca.  -- 
  Milton. 
 
  3.  Excessive  fondness;  weak  and  foolish  affection. 
 
  The  dotage  of  the  nation  on  presbytery.  --  Bp 
  Burnet. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dotage 
  n  :  mental  infirmity  as  a  consequence  of  old  age;  sometimes 
  shown  by  foolish  infatuations  [syn:  {second  childhood},  {senility}] 




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