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 Among the most pressing issues for the MBTA is somewhere most riders will never visit — nine decrepit, overcrowded bus garages. Adam Vaccaro,, "MBTA hopes to expand bus garages — a first step toward more frequent service," 13 Jan. 2020 The spike in violence has turned a spotlight on the decrepit conditions inside the state's correctional facilities. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Inmate found dead in Mississippi cell, marking 15th death amid state's prison crisis," 3 Feb. 2020 The Workhouse Arts Center funded, designed and renovated the new museum, restoring a decrepit prison building vacated in 2001. USA TODAY, "Poultry pardons, synthetic frogs, Freedom Rocks: News from around our 50 states," 26 Nov. 2019 But fear of losing the race had many on edge, given the decrepit state of the 149-year-old track. Pamela Wood,, "Preakness plan highlights: Key elements of agreement to keep race in Baltimore," 5 Oct. 2019 Now, after a lifetime of obedience to his masters, Frank is old, decrepit and alone, seemingly abandoned by his family. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Men Are in Trouble and Hollywood Wants to Help," 20 Dec. 2019 Outside observers said rainstorms could be a catastrophe in North Korea because of poor drainage, deforestation and decrepit infrastructure in the impoverished country. NBC News, "Typhoon kills 5 in North Korea, 3 in South Korea," 8 Sep. 2019 The city has many problems, from its dilapidated schools to urban deprivation and decrepit infrastructure. The Economist, "How to fix Baltimore," 1 Aug. 2019 The Houston Rockets are in the midst of another controversy after James Harden’s made dunk was inexplicably ruled a miss because of the decrepit nets in San Antonio., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 7 Dec. 2019

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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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25 Feb 2020

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“Decrepit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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