second childhood


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second childhood

n.
Senility; dotage.
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second childhood

n
dotage; senility (esp in the phrases in his, her, etc, second childhood)
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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
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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. This may explain the fact of his importance rapidly declining; and, if privacy was his object, the veteran had soon a free indulgence of his wishes.
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. She wore a black woollen dress, with a black handkerchief round her neck and shoulders, and a white cap with black ribbons.
"In short, you recommend me to anticipate the arrival of my second childhood," said poor Mr.
Perhaps it was a mere whim on his part, for he is falling, they say, into second childhood, but I love him for showing so much interest in you."
"Look into the plains of Egypt and Arabia; their sandy deserts teem with the monuments of their antiquity; and then we have also recorded documents of their glory; doubling the proofs of their former greatness, now that they lie stripped of their fertility; while we look in vain for similar evidences that man has ever reached the summit of civilisation on this continent, or search, without our reward, for the path by which he has made the downward journey to his present condition of second childhood."
The Comte de Vandieres, who, for the last few days, had fallen into a state of second childhood, was seated on a cushion beside his wife, looking fixedly at the fire, which was beginning to thaw his torpid limbs.
I may be in my second childhood, but I've not go so far as being dressed like a child."
"No, mon ami, I am not in my second childhood! I steady my nerves, that is all.
"I am not in my second childhood yet, Richard," he replied, testily.
In this state of second childhood, it had an air of being in its own way garrulous about its early life.
Well, I must be nearer 400 than 40, so I guess I am well into my second childhood.