what is difference between dotage and senility
dote + -age, from Middle English doten (“to dote”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdoʊtɪdʒ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdəʊtɪdʒ/
dotage (countable and uncountable, plural dotages)
- Decline in judgment and other cognitive functions, associated with aging; senility.
- Fondness or attentiveness, especially to an excessive degree.
- Claudio. And ſhe is exceeding wiſe.
- Prince. In euery thing, but in louing Benedicke. […] I would ſhee had beſtowed this dotage on mee,
- Foolish utterance(s); drivel.
- (loss of mental acuity associated with aging): second childhood
- dogate, goated, togaed
From doten + -age.
- IPA(key): /ˈdɔːtaːdʒ(ə)/
dotage (uncountable) (Late Middle English)
- Behaviour that is stupid or ill-advised; ridiculousness or insanity:
- Ill-thought or fatuitous love or romantic feelings.
- Weakening of the mind due to age; dotage.
- Disintegration, rotting, or collapsing.
- English: dotage
- “dōtāǧe, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-08-12.
senile + -ity
- Rhymes: -ɪlɪti
senility (countable and uncountable, plural senilities)
- (chiefly uncountable) Senescence; the bodily and mental deterioration associated with old age.
- (chiefly uncountable) The losing of memory and reason due to senescence.
- He was entering his years of senility and not liking it a bit.
- (countable, archaic) An elderly, senile person.