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 An heirloom object, a functional investment, or just a sign of one’s own decrepitude. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 12 Apr. 2022 Another important reason for the growing ranks of senior athletes is a shift in the mindset of older Americans, who no longer see aging as a sadly inevitable slide into decline and decrepitude. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 Both the rise of a violently xenophobic, anti-immigrant Republican Party and the increasingly obvious material and political decrepitude of the U.S. will surely cause immigration to fall more in the future. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 29 Nov. 2021 That The Little Mermaid’s Ursula is based on the iconic drag queen Divine, and that Hollywood often uses British accents and effeminate mannerisms in men like Robin Hood’s King John to signal moral decrepitude. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 13 Apr. 2021 County Council took several steps recent years to address the shortcomings that prosecutors said allowed Mills to run the jail into decrepitude. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 18 Sep. 2021 The former president and his four years in the Casa Rosada are the root cause of every evil, from economic decrepitude to the institutional weakness caused by corruption and a crooked Judiciary. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 The modes of loss that Shyamalan dramatizes range from the confusion of sudden adolescence and the anguish of onrushing decrepitude and death to the merely uncanny sense that unexpected pleasures are too good to be true. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 22 July 2021 Her somewhat sad and depressive life is rendered with fine touches, the decrepitude of the home standing in for her current condition. Washington Post, 17 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of decrepitude

1603, in the meaning defined above

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16 Apr 2022

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“Decrepitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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