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Definition demonstrating love and uncritical affection

In classic literature, you may encounter doting in reference to old age — especially old age leading to diminished mental capacity.
  • She has doting parents.
doting = demonstrating love and uncritical affection
  • She dotes upon her children.
  • dotes = demonstrates love and uncritical affection
  • She dotes on poetry, sir. She adores it; I may say that her whole soul and mind are wound up, and entwined with it.
    Charles Dickens  --  The Pickwick Papers
  • Because thou seest me dote upon my love.
    Shakespeare  --  Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Marianne restored to life, health, friends, and to her doting mother, was an idea to fill her heart with sensations of exquisite comfort, and expand it in fervent gratitude;— but it lead to no outward demonstrations of joy, no words, no smiles.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • With all her splendid common sense and practical everyday ability, Roxy was a doting fool of a mother.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'n'head Wilson
  • He went home, fell irretrievably in love with a navy captain's daughter, married her, and became a doting father to two little girls.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • doting = demonstrating love and uncritical affection
  • Mrs. Crawford doted on the girl;
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • doted = demonstrated love and uncritical affection
  • Silvia gave her a doting smile.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • doting = showing love and uncritical affection
  • Mrs. Flagg would have welcomed the chance to dote on him for a few days.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • dote = demonstrate love and uncritical affection
  • A minute later, Lev sits in the nurse's office, with the nurse doting on him like he's got a fever.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • doting = demonstrating love and uncritical affection
  • The men and women dressed in their hats and fancy clothes smiled and chuckled at what must have looked like a doting father and two privileged children.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • doting = demonstrating love and uncritical affection
  • As cultural ecologist Paul Shepard has observed, "The nomadic Bedouin does not dote on scenery, paint landscapes, or compile a nonutilitarian natural history...."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • dote = demonstrated love and uncritical affection
  • The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid
    Will make or man or woman madly dote
    Upon the next live creature that it sees.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • dote = love excessively
  • She dote on Henrietta.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • dote = show love
  • All animals like music—in a prison they dote on it.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • dote = show uncritical affection
  • Every luxury that money could buy, including christening, had been lavished on you by your fond and doting parents.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Lady Lysa doted on Marillion, and had banished two serving girls and even a page for telling lies about him.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • He reaches out with a foolish grin of doting affection and grabs his brother's hand.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  Long Day's Journey into Night
  • Smiling over cake like the doting granddaughter she really was.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures

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