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Definition of tattered

1 : torn into shreds : ragged a tattered flag
2a : broken down : dilapidated decaying houses along tattered paved streets— P. B. Martin
b : being in a shattered condition led their tattered party to victory
3 : wearing ragged clothes a tattered barefoot boy

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Examples of tattered in a Sentence

a pile of old tattered books arrived at the refugee camp tattered and exhausted
Recent Examples on the Web Outsize and awkward, its bendy waist looking like a tattered accordion between cars, the bus prowled one of the city’s widest streets. Annalee Newitz, SFChronicle.com, "‘I’m with Muni — how can I help?’ Annalee Newitz’s short fiction imagines a new kind of social support system in SF," 12 July 2020 Its synthetic fur was a bit tattered, but adored, nonetheless. Sarah Haselhorst, Cincinnati.com, "Gotta go find Lucille: Cincinnati Zoo's small but lively reopening had kids with to-do lists," 10 June 2020 His wife, Tabitha, read news of the two dams failing north of Midland last week, destroyed homes and tattered lives in her Facebook feed, and decided the family of four would head north from their home just north of Lafayette, Louisiana. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "They drove 19 hours to make gumbo for Michigan flood victims," 26 May 2020 Tossing the Garter Centuries ago guests believed tearing the bride’s wedding dress and ripping off a piece would bring good luck and fertility, leaving the bride, and her once beautiful gown, tattered and torn. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "5 Wedding Traditions You Can Skip," 12 Mar. 2020 The premise gets stretched thinner still when, from under the stained pants and tattered tank tops that present Survivor as a sober study of communal abjection, mic packs peek out. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Paranoid Style in American Entertainment," 14 May 2020 While betting on a euro breakup has proved to be a long-term loser, Italy’s tattered finances have pushed the question back to the top of mind for investors in Europe. Viktoria Dendrinou, Bloomberg.com, "Italy’s Broken Finances Bring Back Fears of Messy Euro Divorce," 13 May 2020 Gonzalez, homeless for the last month, had put on her best outfit, a tattered peach dress. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, "He fought to protect sex workers from COVID-19 and much more. Then the virus came for him," 6 May 2020 The president's trip west aims to project an image of confidence that the nation's tattered economy will rebound and that some sense of normalcy could soon return to American life. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Sen. Martha McSally taking Air Force One to Arizona for Trump Honeywell visit," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of tattered

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Tattered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tattered. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tattered

: old and torn


tat·​tered | \ ˈta-tərd How to pronounce tattered (audio) \

Kids Definition of tattered

1 : torn in or worn to shreds tattered clothes
2 : dressed in ragged clothes a tattered orphan

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