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de·crep·it

 (dĭ-krĕp′ĭt)
adj.
Weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use. See Synonyms at weak.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēcrepitus, worn out, feeble : dē-, de- + crepitus, past participle of crepāre, to burst, crack.]

de·crep′it·ly adv.

decrepit

(dɪˈkrɛpɪt)
adj
1. enfeebled by old age; infirm
2. broken down or worn out by hard or long use; dilapidated
[C15: from Latin dēcrepitus, from crepāre to creak]
deˈcrepitly adv
deˈcrepiˌtude, deˈcrepitness n

de•crep•it

(dɪˈkrɛp ɪt)

adj.
1. weakened by old age; feeble; infirm.
2. worn out or broken down by long use; dilapidated.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin dēcrepitus=dē- de- + -crepitus, akin to crepāre to crack, burst]
de•crep′it•ly, adv.
de•crep′it•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.decrepit - 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"
worn - affected by wear; damaged by long use; "worn threads on the screw"; "a worn suit"; "the worn pockets on the jacket"
2.decrepit - lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality; "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless"
frail - physically weak; "an invalid's frail body"

decrepit

decrepit

adjective
2. Showing signs of wear and tear or neglect:
Informal: tacky.
Slang: ratty.
Idioms: all the worse for wear, gone to pot, past cure.
Translations

decrepit

[dɪˈkrepɪt] ADJ [person] → decrépito; [building] → deteriorado, en mal estado

decrepit

[dɪˈkrɛpɪt] adj [person] → décrépit(e); [building] → délabré(e)

decrepit

adj staircase, car etcaltersschwach; buildingbaufällig, heruntergekommen; industryheruntergekommen; personalterschwach, klapprig (inf)

decrepit

[dɪˈkrɛpɪt] adj (building) → cadente; (person) → decrepito/a

decrepit

a. decrépito-a.
References in classic literature ?
For example, an uncle--who had sailed for India fifty years before, and never been heard of since--might yet return, and adopt her to be the comfort of his very extreme and decrepit age, and adorn her with pearls, diamonds, and Oriental shawls and turbans, and make her the ultimate heiress of his unreckonable riches.
In the way of furniture, there is a stove with a voluminous funnel; an old pine desk with a three-legged stool beside it; two or three wooden-bottom chairs, exceedingly decrepit and infirm; and -- not to forget the library -- on some shelves, a score or two of volumes of the Acts of Congress, and a bulky Digest of the Revenue laws.
The Sun Had first his precept so to move, so shine, As might affect the Earth with cold and heat Scarce tollerable, and from the North to call Decrepit Winter, from the South to bring Solstitial summers heat.
Can the wrinkled decrepit hag before thee, whose wrath must vent itself in impotent curses, forget she was once the daughter of the noble Thane of Torquilstone, before whose frown a thousand vassals trembled?
this creature who had seemed to me so decrepit leaped nimbly upon my shoulders, and hooking his legs round my neck gripped me so tightly that I was well-nigh choked, and so overcome with terror that I fell insensible to the ground.
The genius of the provinces preserved everything; nothing was new or old, neither young nor decrepit.
First came an old man and women, like chief mourners at a funeral, attired from head to foot in the deepest black, all but their pale features and hoary hair; he leaning on a staff, and supporting her decrepit form with his nerveless arm.
As we advanced further along the building, we were struck with the aspect of four or five hideous old wretches, on whose decrepit forms time and tattooing seemed,to have obliterated every trace of humanity.
At length the decrepit stranger, turning his vacant looks from face to face, made a feeble attempt to rise, while a faint smile crossed his wasted face, like an habitual effort at courtesy, as he said, in a hollow, tremulous voice:
In a very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes.
In this case, looking at the bold, strong hand of the one, and the rather broken-backed appearance of the other, which still retains its legibility although the t's have begun to lose their crossing, we can say that the one was a young man and the other was advanced in years without being positively decrepit.
Decrepit families imply decrepit wills, decrepit conduct.