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Definitions for decrepit
dɪˈkrɛp ɪtde·crepit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. creaky, decrepit, derelict, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegoneadjective

    worn and broken down by hard use

    "a creaky shack"; "a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape"; "a flea-bitten sofa"; "a run-down neighborhood"; "a woebegone old shack"

  2. decrepit, debile, feeble, infirm, rickety, sapless, weak, weaklyadjective

    lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality

    "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless"


  1. decrepitadjective

    Weakened or worn out from age or wear

  2. Etymology: From decrepitus broken down, from crepare to creak.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DECREPITadjective

    Wasted and worn out with age; in the last stage of decay.

    Etymology: decrepitus, Latin.

    Decrepit miser! base, ignoble wretch! William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    These years were short of many mens lives in this decrepit age of the world, wherein many exceed fourscore, and some an hundred years. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    This pope is decrepit, and the bell goeth for him: take order that there be chosen a pope of fresh year. Francis Bacon, H. War.

    Decrepit superstition, and such as had their nativity in times beyond all history, are fresh in the observation of many heads. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    And from the North to call
    Decrepit Winter. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 655.

    Who this observes, may in his body find
    Decrepit age, but never in his mind. John Denham.

    Propp’d on his staff, and stooping as he goes,
    A painted mitre shades his furrow’d brows;
    The god, in the decrepit form array’d,
    The gardens enter’d, and the fruits survey’d. Alexander Pope.

    The charge of witchcraft inspires people with a malevolence towards those poor decrepit parts of our species, in whom human nature is defaced by infirmity and dotage. Addis.


  1. decrepit

    Weakness is a symptom of a number of different conditions. The causes are many and can be divided into conditions that have true or perceived muscle weakness. True muscle weakness is a primary symptom of a variety of skeletal muscle diseases, including muscular dystrophy and inflammatory myopathy. It occurs in neuromuscular junction disorders, such as myasthenia gravis.


  1. decrepit

    Decrepit refers to something that is worn out, weakened, or deteriorated due to old age or long term use. It is often used to describe physical objects like buildings or vehicles, but can also refer to other things like a person's health conditions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decrepitadjective

    broken down with age; wasted and enfeebled by the infirmities of old age; feeble; worn out

  2. Etymology: [L. decrepitus, perhaps orig., noised out, noiseless, applied to old people, who creep about quietly; de- + crepare to make a noise, rattle: cf. F. dcrpit. See Crepitate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decrepit

    de-krep′it, adj. worn out by the infirmities of old age: in the last stage of decay.—ns. Decrep′itness; Decrep′itude, state of being decrepit or worn out with age. [L. decrepitus, noiseless, very old—de, not, crepitus, a noise.]

Anagrams for decrepit »

  1. depicter

  2. precited

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decrepit in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decrepit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of decrepit in a Sentence

  1. Chamath Palihapitiya:

    That’s not caring. … I care about the fact that our economy can turn on a dime if China invades Taiwan. I care about climate change. I care about America’s crippling and decrepit health care infrastructure. But if you ask me do I care about a segment of a class of people in another country ? Not until we can take care of ourselves will I prioritize them over us, and I think a lot of people believe that, and I ’m sorry if that’s a hard truth to hear, but every time I say that I ‘ care about the Uyghurs ’, I ’m really just lying if I do n’t really care, and so I rather not lie to you and tell you the truth. It’s not a priority for me.

  2. Steve Schmidt:

    I do think age is an issue in a presidential campaign, there is a thin line between seasoned and decrepit.

  3. Hollie Savitt:

    In my head, it was the nicest, grandest, poshest hotel, now looking at it, it looked kind of decrepit, it did n’t look that nice. Or maybe I just could n’t find it.

  4. Hama Fares Khodeida Kheder:

    Look at us! We are all old and decrepit. We weren't of any value to them.

  5. Jack Duff:

    Our coal industry is going down, one thing I've learned - and I am a old decrepit buzzard - is you've got to keep moving forward. Our people have to adapt.

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