de·​crep·​it | \ di-ˈkre-pət How to pronounce decrepit (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web His father, riddled with syphilis, languishes in an asylum, while his mother lives in a decrepit house with a bevy of small dogs and the lascivious attentions of a Japanese chauffeur. Peter Cowie, WSJ, "Sinister Subservience," 19 Mar. 2021 Atkinson obtained a lease on 25 acres owned by Stanford University, near the Portola Valley-Woodside line and rebuilt a decrepit horse facility into a training center with four arenas, in a park-like setting. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Glenn Atkinson, World War II hero, expert horseman and Cow Palace director, dies at 96," 19 Mar. 2021 Meantime, the king’s shaman (Hall, encased in latex and decrepit dental work) foresees a scary vision. Michael Phillips,, "‘Coming to America 2’ review: Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, back to Zamunda for some nostalgic movie tourism," 5 Mar. 2021 But just after the turn of the 20th century, two entrepreneurs, Eugene de Sabla and John Martin, took over the decrepit North Pacific Coast Railroad and modernized it. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "When Marin's best transit system reached end of line," 27 Feb. 2021 Pre-pandemic visitors were often jarred by aspects of the reality: the city’s decrepit back streets and the grim Soviet-era structures. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "Dreaming of Cuba? Here’s How to Feel Like You’re in Havana Anytime You’d Like," 4 Mar. 2021 Kapp looked weathered, wrung-out, battered, decrepit. Star Tribune, "NFL predictions were correct except on this, that and more," 13 Feb. 2021 At the height of the pandemic last year, Iraq closed mosques, schools and restaurants as its decrepit health care system struggled to cope. New York Times, "Iraqis Flout Virus Precautions Amid Belief in Immunity: ‘I Live the Lifestyle of 2019’," 20 Jan. 2021 He is seen in the decrepit offices of the Sucrerie, signing papers alongside a ruthless Mauritian developer whose nickname is the Crocodile. Andrea Lee, The New Yorker, "The Rivals," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Decrepit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of decrepit

: old and in bad condition or poor health


de·​crep·​it | \ di-ˈkre-pət How to pronounce decrepit (audio) \

Kids Definition of decrepit

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

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