(in literature, especially comedy) an old man as a stock figure.‘Gloucester the foolish senex, full of idle and fond superstitions’
retired person, oapView synonyms
- ‘It is symptomatic that the senex among them, the canonical mythologue, is the one who feels compelled to deride the latter as ‘the most superficial: a shallow psychology one might say, that offers no real substance for reflection’.’
- ‘Now, in my early fifties, I have a growing confidence in my capacity to become an elder and a senex - an old man filled with the joy and openness of a young boy.’
From Latin, old man.