de·crep·it | \di-ˈkre-pət \

Definition of decrepit 

1 : wasted and weakened by or as if by the infirmities of old age a decrepit old man

2a : impaired by use or wear : worn-out a decrepit school bus

b : fallen into ruin or disrepair a decrepit industry

3 : dilapidated, run-down an old, decrepit hotel

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Other Words from decrepit

decrepitly adverb

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weak, feeble, frail, fragile, infirm, decrepit mean not strong enough to endure strain, pressure, or strenuous effort. weak applies to deficiency or inferiority in strength or power of any sort. felt weak after the surgery feeble suggests extreme weakness inviting pity or contempt. a feeble attempt to walk frail implies delicacy and slightness of constitution or structure. a frail teenager unable to enjoy sports fragile suggests frailty and brittleness unable to resist rough usage. a reclusive poet too fragile for the rigors of this world infirm suggests instability, unsoundness, and insecurity due to old age or crippling illness. infirm residents requiring constant care decrepit implies being worn-out or broken-down from long use or old age. the dowager's decrepit retainers

Examples of decrepit in a Sentence

My decrepit car barely starts.

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Tropicana Field is decrepit and poorly located, and that’s a large part of why the team is routinely among the league laggards in attendance. Jon Tayler,, "The Rays' Proposed New Stadium Looks Beautiful, But Who Is Going to Pay for It?," 11 July 2018 Its airstrip is too decrepit and overgrown to allow supplies to be flown in, Dr. Salama said. New York Times, "Ebola Erupts Again in Africa, Only Now There’s a Vaccine," 11 May 2018 None managing to repair an electricity system that’s been decrepit for decades or organize the proper collection of garbage because of business feuds among the political elite. Washington Post, "7 things to know about Lebanon’s parliament elections," 6 May 2018 None managing to repair an electricity system that's been decrepit for decades or organize the proper collection of garbage because of business feuds among the political elite. Sarah El Deeb, Fox News, "7 things to know about Lebanon's parliament elections," 5 May 2018 Slightly more than one-third of Rome’s public water is either lost or illegally diverted because the city’s infrastructure is decrepit. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 14 Mar. 2018 The clip opens with a voluminous-haired Smith serenading the track's first verse from a decrepit living room, but the night's agenda gets a bit blurry fairly soon after. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Bastille Has a Wild Night Out In 'Quarter Past Midnight' Video: Watch," 23 May 2018 New blood, new ideas will always be anathema to a front office that often gives the public appearance of being as decrepit in ideas as old Spinney Field is in facilities. Richard Fitch,, "Guest TML: Who are Dey? We know. Don't we?," 19 Jan. 2018 Americans are stuck with a decrepit payment system, predatory banks, and interest-bearing accounts that bear no interest. David Dayen, The New Republic, "Give Everyone Government Bank Accounts," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of decrepit

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decrepit

Middle English, from Latin decrepitus

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English Language Learners Definition of decrepit

: old and in bad condition or poor health


de·crep·it | \di-ˈkre-pət \

Kids Definition of decrepit

: broken down with age : worn-out a decrepit old house

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