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Rarely before has the senescence of this Senate — which, with an average age of 63, is the oldest in history — been so apparent.
What abides is a giddy awareness of history as a tale told by unreliable narrators, as well as the oddly comforting impression that senescence has its own poetic license.
While every sport has examples of athletes who seem infuriatingly immune to senescence, Bernard Lagat is in another league entirely.
The fourth book, Tehanu, was published some 18 years later, in 1990, and features two of the cycle’s main characters, Ged and Tenar, in their senescence.
Yet Kalanick’s public persona does not mesh with the notion of a quiet senescence, maybe sprinkled with a few guest lectures before MBA classes.
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Did You Know?
Senescence can be traced back to Latin senex, meaning "old." Can you guess which other English words come from senex? Senile might come to mind, as well as senior. But another one might surprise you: senate. This word for a legislative assembly dates back to ancient Rome, where the Senatus was originally a council of elders composed of the heads of patrician families. There's also the much rarer senectitude, which, like senescence, refers to the state of being old (specifically, to the final stage of the normal life span).
SENESCENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of senescence for English Language Learners
: the state of being old or the process of becoming old
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