One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The infirmity of old age; senility.‘my father was attacked with symptoms of caducity’
decrepitude, infirmity, feebleness, unsteadiness, senescence, decline, old age, dotage, second childhood, confusion, alzheimer's, alzheimer's disease, senile dementiaView synonyms
- ‘His weak eyesight combined with his caducity puts him out of service.’
- ‘The experiments prove that the rate of inhibiting caducity is more than 90% and it can make the rat of 15 months age reach biochemical level of 3 month's age after administrating royal jelly.’
- ‘This lawn belonged to my paternal grandmother, whom I cautiously called Mammaw, for she resented being called anything that remotely betrayed her caducity.’
- ‘The botanist, who studied the phenomenon of the caducity of blossom and young nuclei in plum trees, distinguishes three stages of this falling off of the nuclei.’
- ‘Many women will consider cutting down after they are at the age of thirty and begin to have the evidence of caducity with more and more splashes and wrinkles.’
- 1.1literary Frailty or transitory nature.‘read these books and reflect on their caducity’
temporariness, transitoriness, impermanence, brevity, briefness, shortness, ephemerality, short-livedness, momentariness, mutability, instability, volatilityView synonyms
- ‘The logic, or the justification, in support of this procedure emanates from caducity of life and indeed of the whole creation at large.’
- ‘These intimations of mortality triggered in him a ‘consciousness of my very caducity’ (writer's note: caducity is ‘the quality of being transitory or perishable’).’
- ‘This incomplete elaboration leaves the feeling of caducity as a remainder.’
- ‘And what is rankling me most is since when have I been the type to believe in the caducity of life?’
- ‘The caducity of youth is not something I ever thought about it my teens, but can't stop thinking about in my twenties!’
Mid 18th century: from French caducité, from caduc, from Latin caducus ‘liable to fall’, from cadere ‘to fall’.
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