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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: senilis, from senex; SENIOR1

senile

adjective
     
se‧nile
MI mentally confused or behaving strangely, because of old age:
a senile old man
She worries about going senile.
senility noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: old WORD FOCUS: old
PEOPLE: elderly a polite word used to describe someone who is old
middle-aged
aged between about 50 and 60 years old
senior citizen
/senior American English/pensioner British English/retiree American English someone over 60 who has stopped working
senile
old and mentally ill
ancient
, geriatric, be getting on, be past it, be over the hill, be no spring chicken informal words and expressionsused to describe someone who is old, often used humorously
geriatric
geriatric medicine, care, hospitals etc are for old people

THINGS/PLACES: ancient ancient civilizations, cities, buildings, traditions etc existed many hundreds of years ago
prehistoric
existing many thousands of years ago
antique
antique furniture, jewellery etc is old and often valuable


See also
old
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