American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being broken down by infirmities, physical or mental, especially infirmities of age.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The broken state produced by decay and the infirmities of age; infirm old age.
- n. a state of deterioration due to old age or long use
- From Latin decrepitudo ("decrepitude"). (Wiktionary)
“The most apropos description of this cycle of inherent decrepitude is perhaps the Yiddish word schlock, meaning something "cheap, shoddy, or inferior.”
“Alas, no one understands that the world is sinking on the ocean of Time that is so very deep and that is infested with those huge crocodiles called decrepitude and death.”
“The last two stages, old age — up to seventy years — and the remaining years of very old age or "decrepitude," are the periods in life in which people "have very weak natural heat [and] the superfluities increase.”
“Here, "decrepitude" means that things are torn away from "world," from a richer network of meaningfulness, and are instead substitutable, indifferent items in the technological ordering of reality.”
“They tended to be depressing these visits: the married sister was living in a small way; the first cousin seemed to have got into a rut; the uncle and aunt were failing, with a stooping, trembling, old-fashioned kind of decrepitude, a rigidity of body and mind, which somehow one didn't see much over home.”
“As life in the retirement community unfolds, Herb grumbles about his "decrepitude" and wants to get an office to start working part-time again.”
“Old, expensive rugs and drapes in some late stage of decrepitude, their worn, exhausted fibers a molecular stage above disintegration.”
“Sometimes I think that if Juni knew women in more wholesome circumstances than in their own decrepitude that she would be all right.”
“One may rationally fear illness and pain and increasing decrepitude or the dreaded dementia; but one should not fear death.”
“The Pontiac Silverdome, burdened with debts and decrepitude, had been budgeted for sale at $7 million; a previous EFM sold it off for $583,000.”
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