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

Other Words from decrepit

decrepitly adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for decrepit

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 This new breed of craftspeople will also salvage suedes, repaint scuffed heels and, when necessary, swap out crumbling soles for new ones, all to bring decrepit, decades-old sneakers back from the brink of death. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 5 Apr. 2022 An enormous monument to the Communist Party in Bulgaria is now a decrepit ruin. New York Times, 22 May 2022 In this case, this trend, which crops up every few years, seems to say that pristine shoes are on the outs and decrepit soles are in. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 18 May 2022 North Korea rejected offers of vaccines before the current outbreak and its population is particularly vulnerable because of widespread malnutrition and the decrepit state of the medical system. Alastair Gale, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Operation Mincemeat, based on Ben Macintyre’s 2010 book, follows the twisting trail of the unwitting war hero Major William Martin, who began life as a decrepit body lingering in a morgue and now lives forever in espionage lore. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 6 May 2022 So without much consideration about what’s going to come of the rest of the kind of decrepit justice center campus, where the prosecutor’s office and courtrooms and others are located so bad blood between these two have been brewing. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 5 May 2022 Some twenty years ago, the former monastery was in a decrepit state; today old pieces of olive processing equipment from stone basin to enormous wooden presses remain in public areas such as the restaurant. John Oseid, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Yet between 1949 and 1963, when the shabby club closed, some of the most extraordinary jazz ever made was played within its decrepit walls. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Decrepit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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Kids Definition of decrepit

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

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