- 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
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Examples from the Web for decrepit
It was headquartered in Stanleyville, in a tall corner building that still stands in the decrepit, yet lively, downtown.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Only a rounded bar and three rotting bathtubs remain in the decrepit club.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
The decrepit BMD came to a stop with a gear-clanking jolt by the water, and within seconds the soldiers broke out the vodka.Shakeup In the Ukraine Rebel High Command
August 15, 2014
As I stepped out of a decrepit office building into a perfect sunny day, a member of my team started talking into his radio.We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night
Nathan Bradley Bethea
June 2, 2014
Wandering around Tribeca, you may stumble upon a decrepit elevator shaft that's full of curiosities.New York’s Tiniest—and Weirdest—Museum
May 29, 2014
But now the world is decrepit, and all good things are gone.Aino Folk-Tales
Basil Hall Chamberlain
Men took upon their shoulders their aged and decrepit mothers.King Philip</p>
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
The decrepit figure in its quaint Acadian garb was one to be remembered.Earth's Enigmas
Charles G. D. Roberts
No matter how decrepit the latter, he has been taught to be independent, self-supporting.Marriage and Love
It obliged the owners to maintain their old and decrepit slaves.
- enfeebled by old age; infirm
- broken down or worn out by hard or long use; dilapidated
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."