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  • n. Plural form of dotard.


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  • Have fools, have profligates, have boys, have dotards, dangled after me, and one by one rejected me, and fallen off, because you were too plain with all your cunning: yes, and too true, with all those false pretences: until we have almost come to be notorious?

    Dombey and Son

  • We burn the letter, and I give the speech of my life to those pathetic dotards in the Senate.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • The truth, which nothing would keep down; which blood would not smother, and earth would not hide; the truth, whose terrible inspiration seemed to change dotards into strong men; and on whose avenging wings, one whom he had supposed to be at the extremest corner of the earth came swooping down upon him.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

  • What snivellers, what dotards, when they suffer themselves to be run away with by it! —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Hope you that your offences shall be bought off by prayers of superstitious dotards and droning Monks?

    The Monk

  • Not but what he could feel with mettlesome youth which, caring nought for the mows of dotards or the gruntlings of the severe, is ever (as the chaste fancy of the Holy Writer expresses it) for eating of the tree forbid it yet not so far forth as to pretermit humanity upon any condition soever towards a gentlewoman when she was about her lawful occasions.


  • These men were fools, as they were poets; and dotards, as they were philosophers; full of folly, as they were of philosophy.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • How then could these old dotards be able to understand aright the text of the laws who never in their time had looked upon

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • As for me, I will explain the matter to you all, children, youths, grownups and old men, aye, even to the decrepit dotards.


  • I was hurrying to bring your treaty of truce, but some old dotards from Acharnae got scent of the thing; they are veterans of Marathon, tough as oak or maple, of which they are made for sure-rough and ruthless.

    The Acharnians


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