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Infantile paradoxy is, however, very different to senile paradoxy.

The hunger that possessed her made her wag her head as if senile.

His father-in-law was paralyzed and his aunt-in-law was senile.

"I've not been as idle as Tode thinks," said Parrish, with a senile leer.

Her old husband, too, overheard it, and took snuff with a senile chuckle.

She resented this indignantly; felt that they regarded her as senile.

Otherwise Bach would be dead; Beethoven, middle-aged; Mozart, senile.

It is too depressing, these vagaries, these senile ramblings of a superannuated musician.

The latter, with a senile and pleased chuckle, tapped him on the chest.

He paused a moment to control his senile anger and then went quavering on.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, "suited to old age," from French sénile (16c.), from Latin senilis "of old age," from senex (genitive senis) "old, old man," from PIE root *sen- "old" (cf. Sanskrit sanah "old;" Avestan hana- "old;" Old Persian hanata- "old age, lapse of time;" Armenian hin "old;" Greek enos "old, of last year;" Lithuanian senas "old," senis "an old man;" Gothic sineigs "old" (used only of persons), sinistra "elder, senior;" Old Norse sina "dry standing grass from the previous year;" Old Irish sen, Old Welsh hen "old"). Meaning "weak or infirm from age" is first attested 1848.

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