American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use. See Synonyms at weak.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Broken down in health, physical or mental, especially from age; wasted or worn by infirmities; weakened, especially by age.
- In geology, said of rivers that have reached the last stages of their existence, or of that portion of a drainage-course which has reached base-level and where deposition along the bed exceeds the amount removed by floods.
- adj. Weakened or worn out from age or wear
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Broken down with age; wasted and enfeebled by the infirmities of old age; feeble; worn out.
- adj. lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
- adj. worn and broken down by hard use
- From Latin decrepitus broken down, from crepare to creak. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēcrepitus, worn out, feeble : dē-, de- + crepitus, past participle of crepāre, to burst, crack. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Several families with loved ones who are mentally ill are speaking out about what they call a decrepit, overcrowded, ineffective psychiatric facility at Vancouver General Hospital.”
“An American family of eight has gone missing while driving from Michigan to Alaska and police believe they may be somewhere in northern B.C. Several families with loved ones who are mentally ill are speaking out about what they call a decrepit, overcrowded, ineffective psychiatric facility at Vancouver General Hospital.”
“In this city, so many beat cops troll along at a snail's pace in decrepit squad cars.”
“Located in decrepit strip malls, strewn with broken glass outside, parents walked their toddlers into these small, overheated spaces.”
“The earth had yielded of her fruits and now rested from her labour, worn and spent, taking no thought of comeliness, but waiting in decrepit indifference for her friend, the North Wind, to bring down the swirling snow to hide her scars and heal her unloveliness with its kindly white mantle.”
“It was falling down in decrepit shape, and since it was within a few feet from both their house and their other neighbors’ house, there was a real risk that it could take out a wall of a home if/when it collapsed.”
“Working closely with indie labels, bands did the dirty work of booking their own tours and driving in decrepit vans and sleeping on floors and in parking lots – hammering out a vibrant (and, yes, highly flawed) new underground culture where one didn’t exist before.”
“The roller skates themselves are neither pristine nor completely decrepit, which is common for skating facilities, while the choice between traditional roller skates and modern inline skates will drastically affect the quality of the skating experience.”
“The morning is our childhood; the third hour may be understood as our youth, the sun as it were mounting to his height is the advance of the heat of age; the sixth hour is manhood, when the sun is steady in his meridian height, representing as it were the maturity of strength; by the ninth is understood old age, in which the sun descends from his vertical height, as our age falls away from the fervour of youth; the eleventh hour is that age which is called decrepit, and doting.”
“I was looking at him, thinking, this is probably the least "decrepit" 78 year old person I have met in my life.”
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