verb (used with object), di·lap·i·dat·ed, di·lap·i·dat·ing.
verb (used without object), di·lap·i·dat·ed, di·lap·i·dat·ing.
Origin of dilapidate
Examples from the Web for dilapidation
What strange old nests of ruin, what marvellous homes of solitude and dilapidation, did we not wander into!Venetian Life|William Dean Howells
They are brought to a certain point of dilapidation; they are reduced to pallor, debility, and emaciation.Shirley|Charlotte Bront
Day by day I watched, with a secret joy, the rapid progress of this work of dilapidation.
The state of dilapidation into which the chapel had fallen when the restoration was commenced, was terrible.The Churches of Paris|S. Sophia Beale
The hallways are dark and full of odors, the stairs in a state of dilapidation.Commercialized Prostitution in New York City|George Jackson Kneeland
- the state of disrepair of premises at the end of a tenancy due to neglect
- the extent of repairs necessary to such premises
Word Origin for dilapidate
early 15c., from Late Latin dilapidationem (nominative dilapidatio) "a squandering," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin dilapidare "throw away, squander, waste," literally "pelt with stones" (thus "ruin, destroy") or else "scatter like stones," from dis- "asunder" (see dis-) + lapidare "throw stones at," from lapis (genitive lapidis) "stone." "Taken in Eng. in a more literal sense than was usual in Latin" [OED].
1560s, "to bring a building to ruin," from Latin dilapidatus, past participle of dilapidare "to squander, waste," originally "to throw stones, scatter like stones;" see dilapidation. Perhaps the English word is a back-formation from dilapidation.