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[dih-krep-it] /dɪˈkrɛp ɪt/
weakened by old age; feeble; infirm:
a decrepit man who can hardly walk.
worn out by long use; dilapidated:
a decrepit stove.
Origin of decrepit
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin dēcrepitus, literally, broken down, equivalent to dē- de- + crep(āre) to crack + -i- -i- + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
decrepitly, adverb
decrepitness, noun
undecrepit, adjective
1. enfeebled. See weak.
1. vigorous. Unabridged
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  • But now the world is decrepit, and all good things are gone.

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  • Men took upon their shoulders their aged and decrepit mothers.

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  • It obliged the owners to maintain their old and decrepit slaves.

British Dictionary definitions for decrepit


enfeebled by old age; infirm
broken down or worn out by hard or long use; dilapidated
Derived Forms
decrepitly, adverb
decrepitude, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēcrepitus, from crepāre to creak
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Word Origin and History for decrepit

mid-15c., from Middle French décrépit (15c.), from Latin decrepitus "very old, infirm," from de- "down" (see de-) + *crepitus, past participle of crepare "to crack, break."

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