Foolish vs Dotage - What's the difference?
As an adjective foolish
is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
As a noun dotage is
decline in judgment and other cognitive functions, associated with aging; senility.
Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
*:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
*:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
Decline in judgment and other cognitive functions, associated with aging; senility.
* 1841 , , The Old Curiosity Shop , ch. 1,
Fondness or attentiveness, especially to an excessive degree.
* 1598 , , Much Ado About Nothing , act 2, sc. 3,
- "More care!" said the old man. . . . There were in his face marks of deep and anxious thought which convinced me that he could not be, as I had been at first inclined to suppose, in a state of dotage or imbecility.
- CLAUDIO: And she is exceeding wise.
foolish utterance; drivel
- DON PEDRO: In every thing but in loving Benedick. . . . I would she had bestowed this dotage on me.
- The sapless dotages of old Paris and Salamanca. — Milton.
* (loss of mental acuity associated with aging) second childhood