from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Old age; elderliness.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Old age.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun rare Old age.
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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Your average grizzled patriarch stumbles about making the same mistakes in his senectitude that he had in adolescence, learning nothing, "believing in the same white list of approved 20-carat lies."
Elsewhere, the faculty engaged in a few demonstrations of their own, a favorite being the manipulation of the orbicularis oris muscle to demonstrate how human beings, from infancy through senectitude, perpetuate the universal sign of affection.
Three-and-twenty years form a large portion of the short life of man, -- one-third, as nearly as can be expressed in unbroken numbers, of the entire term fixed by the psalmist, and full one-half, if we strike off the twilight periods of childhood and immature youth, and of senectitude weary of its toils.
"I attribute my senility -- let others say senectitude," he shouts in his cheery way, "to a certain playful devilry of spirit,