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senile

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Definition mental weakness caused by old age; or describing a medical condition as caused by old age
  • Her memory is getting worse and she's afraid of going senile.
senile = (into) mental weakness caused by old age
  • She suffers from senile dementia.
  • senile = caused by old age
  • About 10% of Americans between the ages of 65 and 75 suffer from senility.
  • senility = mental weakness caused by old age
  • "But I'm very glad," Dr. Shaw had concluded, "to have had this opportunity to see an example of senility in a human being."
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • senility = mental weakness caused by old age
  • The fact that "old" may be synonymous with "senile" doesn't occur to them.
    David Henry Hwang  --  M. Butterfly
  • senile = mental weakness caused by old age; or describing a medical condition as caused by old age
  • VARYA. He's been mumbling away for three years. We're used to that.

    YASHA. Senile decay.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • senile = mental weakness caused by old age; or describing a medical condition as caused by old age
  • symptoms of senility
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • senility = mental weakness caused by old age
  • At forty-four, Linda seemed, by contrast, a monster of flaccid and distorted senility.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • senility = mental weakness caused by old age
  • Faces still fresh and unwithered (for senility galloped so hard that it had no time to age the cheeks–only the heart and brain) turned as they passed.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • senility = mental weakness caused by old age
  • At the lift gates the presiding porter gave him the information he required, and he dropped down to Ward 81 (a Galloping Senility ward, the porter explained) on the seventeenth floor.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • senility = mental weakness caused by old age
  • It is worthy of note that, in spite of his m–––'s senility and the extreme repulsiveness of her appearance, the Savage frequently goes to see her and appears to be much attached to her–an interesting example of the way in which early conditioning can be made to modify and even run counter to natural impulses (in this case, the impulse to recoil from an unpleasant object).
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • senility = mental weakness caused by old age
  • You are a senile old fool," said Galbatorix, and his voice acquired a harsh, angry cast.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • "I knew you was getting senile," she say.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • A place where people just sort of forget about you because you get a little old and your mind's a bit senile or silly?
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • Look at him now, glowing in the dark, showing a senile grin.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • A courier is sent to Sheng, preferably a half-senile old man who's been paid by a blind and fed the information over the phone.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Fred was right when he said she was starting to get senile.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • Just because he... me... the other me... isn't here, doesn't mean I'm deaf, dumb, and blind and you have to act like I'm some senile old man.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • An enormous senility seemed to have settled upon him.
    George Orwell  --  Shooting an Elephant
  • It's the mouthpiece of a senile Titan queen.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle

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