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Definition: Youthful appearance in an old person; perpetual youth; freshness and vigor of body late in life.

Pronunciation: a-jer-Ay-zee-a

Origin:  This word is an amalgamation of a (without) and geras (old age), it has been taken into English from the Greek word agerasia, no changes applied. The common roots of ger-, geri-. gero- and, geronto- are widely seen in words where  age (usually old age) plays a role.

Why this word?

English has a word for this too; Pretty surprising, right? Doesn’t English seem boundless at times? This language doesn’t disappoint anyone. I believe that it has words for almost everything, for every time I presume something as unnamed; sooner or later, it eventuates with a name. But, like all the other languages, unfortunately/fortunately (depends upon your curiosity), it too has its limits.

This word brings four illustrious names to my mind: Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves, Jenifer Aniston and George Clooney. I believe that these people have imbibed some sort of mysterious elixir that has stunted their pulchritude. Honestly, I wonder if there even exists anything like that. Because if it does, that is something highly craved for. Besides those personalities, it also reminds me of one of the best works of Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Grey. I don’t think recounting a single word about the book would be any good for an inquisitive reader; it’d be ripping you out of the suspense and fun. The book touches various realms like: The purpose of art; the supremacy of youth and beauty; the surface nature of society; the negative consequences of influence. A must-read book I would say.

How to use it in sentence?

His longing for Agerasia has gone so severe that he has started to mix different ointments before applying them.


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Written by Akshay Dashore

Akshay is a Civil engineer who, for his love of words, preferred words over engineering. He is an avid reader and a prolific writer.


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