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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 ?
Decrepit families imply decrepit wills, decrepit conduct.
Such meat was only for the old, the toothless, and the decrepit who no longer could make their kills among the fleet-footed grass-eaters.
Razumihin somehow discovered and proved that while Raskolnikov was at the university he had helped a poor consumptive fellow student and had spent his last penny on supporting him for six months, and when this student died, leaving a decrepit old father whom he had maintained almost from his thirteenth year, Raskolnikov had got the old man into a hospital and paid for his funeral when he died.
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.
I don't speak of his capacity as a general, but at a time like this how they appoint they appoint a decrepit, blind old man, positively blind?
Did he see himself, a white-haired decrepit man, bending his hitherto inflexible theories to appointed circumstances; making his facts and figures subservient to Faith, Hope, and Charity; and no longer trying to grind that Heavenly trio in his dusty little mills?
The insignificant testament, the last dotage of a decrepit grand art falling back into infancy before it dies.
But he, it seems, was so stricken in years, and possibly his memory so weakened by infirmities, that he could give them but little light into their inquiries; and all that could be recollected from him of his brother Will in that station was the faint, general, and almost lost ideas he had of having once seen him act a part in one of his own comedies, wherein being present to personate a decrepit old man, he wore a long beard, and appeared so weak and drooping and unable to walk, that he was forced to be supported and carried by another person to a table, at which he was seated among some company who were eating, and one of them sang a song.
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:
He lies upon his bed, an aged man with sunken cheeks, the decrepit shadow of himself.