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Senescence

Posted by kazvorpal on October 24, 2009


Grasping ElderlySenescence

adj. Growing old; decaying with the lapse of time.

It is by a blend of lively curiosity and intelligent selfishness that the artists who wish to mature late, who feel too old to die, the Goethes, Tolstoys, Voltaires, Titians and Verdis, reach a fruitful senescence.
Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise (1938)

Senescence begins
And middle age ends
The day your descendents
Outnumber your friends.

Ogden Nash, Crossing The Border

Etymology
Latin senescere, easy to remember as the same origin as senile and senator.

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One Response to “Senescence”

  1. Adam Jacot de Boinod said

    Dear Kazvorpal

    Please forgive me emailing you in such a seemingly cold fashion. You seem to share my love of language and I wondered if you might like a mutual link to my English word website:

    http://www.thewonderofwhiffling.com

    or my Foreign words website:

    http://www.themeaningoftingo.com

    with best wishes

    Adam Jacot de Boinod

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