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 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 Its school buildings were tired — some edging into decrepitude. Anna M. Phillips,, "Six years after the state came in to save Inglewood Unified, the district faces a budget crisis, buildings in disrepair and lack of steady leadership," 10 Apr. 2018 But the decrepitude of this still beautiful structure stirred something within us—a reminder of a golden age, a symbol of a lost paradise? Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Dream Trip to Cuba," 14 Apr. 2016 Villeneuve’s most important collaborators are the cinematographer Roger Deakins and the production designer Dennis Gassner, who between them conjure a future world breathtaking in its decrepitude, a gorgeous ruin. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "Blade Runner 2049 Is a Worthy Heir to a Classic," 6 Oct. 2017 Alt-right talking heads have rallied around the remarks, using any episode of violence in Sweden as evidence that the president presciently exposed the nation’s spiraling moral decrepitude. Laignee Barron, Time, "A String of Bomb Blasts in Sweden Is Prompting Questions and Alt-Right Conspiracy Theories," 20 Oct. 2017

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1603, in the meaning defined above

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

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

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