de·​crep·​i·​tude | \ di-ˈkre-pə-ˌtüd How to pronounce decrepitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of decrepitude

: the quality or state of being decrepit

Examples of decrepitude in a Sentence

The house has fallen into decrepitude.
Recent Examples on the Web Donald Trump and his allies have, of course, oversold the extent of Biden’s cognitive decline and decrepitude while Biden has been off the campaign trail. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Joe Biden’s Age Matters Even More if He Wins," 18 Sep. 2020 If only the actual Miss America were as gorgeous and erudite as this essay about the decrepitude of a stagnant pageant in a changing world. Longreads, "The Top 5 Longreads of the Week," 10 Aug. 2020 In addition to its general decrepitude, the subway became the site of a violent fare-evasion crackdown in 2019; that same year, cops admitted to profiling black and Latinx commuters. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "A Fragile Answer to the Question of “Whose Streets?”," 10 June 2020 The discipline of writing, from age thirty, became a lifejacket that kept Ellroy afloat above the tide of decrepitude that shaped his early years. Stuart Franklin, The New York Review of Books, "Ellroy Confidential," 10 Mar. 2020 Once a city reliant on heavy industry, Erie is moving past the stereotype of Rust Belt decrepitude. New York Times, "‘I Gave the Other Guy a Shot’," 7 Oct. 2019 Outsiders, even close friends, weren’t allowed in to witness the decrepitude. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "‘The Yellow House’ Is a Major Memoir About a Large Family and Its Beloved Home," 5 Aug. 2019 But a keen eye can spot the symptoms of decrepitude. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Westminster is rotting from within," 25 Apr. 2018 Read more: The decrepitude was even too extreme for the Cass Corridor's once-sizable homeless population, who had stopped hanging around inside. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Decrepit Scott Mansion in Detroit Cass Corridor revived as apartments," 12 Apr. 2018

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1603, in the meaning defined above

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“Decrepitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of decrepitude

formal : the state of being old and in bad condition or poor health

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