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.

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Corrections & Amplifications The ancient city’s infrastructure is so decrepit that slightly more than one third of its public water is either lost or illegally diverted. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Italian Vote-Winner 5 Star Movement Has Spotty Record Governing Rome," 13 Mar. 2018 Metro officials say the building’s infrastructural systems have become outdated, decrepit and in need of costly repair. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Metro seeks buyer for downtown D.C. headquarters," 12 July 2018 Much of the play consists of Jerry’s vaguely threatening tales of his chaotic life, filled with hostile people, pathetic animals, decrepit rooms, evil thoughts. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Is Edward Albee ‘At Home at the Zoo’? You Bet He Is.," 21 Feb. 2018 If the deck is old or decrepit, removal costs $5 to $15 per square foot, so taking down a 10 x 12-foot deck would set you back about $1,200. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "What A Deck Renovation Actually Costs," 13 July 2018 But bad traffic and decrepit facilities haven’t kept the crowds away. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "New York's Airports Are Getting Billion-Dollar Makeovers—But What Will They Actually Change?," 21 Nov. 2018 Robert Duvall is Jack’s decrepit pol father, Tom Mulligan, living proof that an empty shell can still resonate with wild anger. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Widows’ Review: Mourning Loss, Seizing Power," 14 Nov. 2018 This is the old part of town that’s a little decrepit and overgrown but retains the charm of a scene out of a John le Carré or James Bond novel. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Gigi Burris Finds Muses, Monkeys, and Major Inspiration in Panama," 19 July 2018 Mr Bouteflika is indicative of the decrepit state of the region’s politics. The Economist, "Indisposed graybeards rule over much of the Arab world," 15 Mar. 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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The first known use of decrepit was in the 15th century

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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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