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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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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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 Toward the south are newer buildings, many of which bloomed from lots so decrepit, residents say, that they were sometimes compared with postwar Berlin. New York Times, "West Farms, the Bronx: Flora, Fauna and Renewal," 13 June 2018 Since then, the town’s celebrated, but decrepit, Broadway Theater has been renovated, bringing in a strong weekend crowd and young entrepreneurs to serve them. Will Feuer,, "Historically dry Pitman looks to sell its first liquor license, but some say the price is too high," 13 June 2018 Chicago did that with the once-decrepit Reliance Building, now a posh hotel. Blair Kamin,, "Evanston plan to demolish Harley Clarke mansion: Public vision or hidden agendas?," 13 July 2018 When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in August 2017, the fire department had just one high-water rescue vehicle, decrepit rescue boats and decades-old evacuation boats. St. John Barned-smith, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County public safety agencies to receive boats to handle future flooding," 6 June 2018 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

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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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