second childhood

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second childhood

n.
Senility; dotage.

second childhood

n
dotage; senility (esp in the phrases in his, her, etc, second childhood)

sec′ond child′hood


n.
senility; dotage.
[1900–05]
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Noun1.second childhood - mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations
eld, geezerhood, old age, years, age - a late time of life; "old age is not for sissies"; "he's showing his years"; "age hasn't slowed him down at all"; "a beard white with eld"; "on the brink of geezerhood"
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second childhood

nseconda infanzia
References in classic literature ?
Major Effingham, in declining the liberal offers of the British ministry, had subjected himself to the suspicion of having attained his dotage, by all those who throng the avenues to court patronage, even in the remotest corners of that vast empire; but, when he thus voluntarily stripped himself of his great personal wealth, the remainder of the community seemed instinctively to adopt the conclusion also that he had reached a second childhood.
I am falling into second childhood -- I am becoming stupid indeed
She did not look very old, and her face was a pleasant, round one; but she was white-haired and, as one could detect at the first glance, quite in her second childhood.