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derelict -- as in: derelict ship
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as in: derelict ship Define
in terrible condition -- often abandoned
  • We want to put those derelict buildings to better use.
  • Rubbish barrels; a derelict car, without wheels, sunk in the ground; boarded-up windows.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • We should never have come to this stinking derelict place.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • There were derelicts and down-and-outs and dreamers.
    David Almond  --  Clay

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  • Nearby a white heron posed regally on one leg, in the same tree where the boys had hung their shoes before swimming to the derelict boat.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • They walked out the long spit of tidal mud where a small boat lay half buried and stood there looking at it. It was altogether derelict.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • Theo felt as dirty as the derelicts he spied on.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • A great pile of junk; fenders and truck sides, wheels and axles; over the whole lot a spirit of decay, of mold and rust; twisted iron, half-gutted engines, a mass of derelicts.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Well-dressed tourists mingled with the derelicts of the quarter.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • A few derelicts sat at the counter, a husky, elderly man stood behind it, the sleeves of his clean white shirt rolled at the elbows.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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  • Nobody except beggars, derelicts and the police-custody dead were cremated there.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Another curious thing about this multitude of derelicts was its silence.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Waiting at the lights, Annie, watched two derelicts huddled in a doorway, one sleeping while the other declaimed grandly to the sky.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • You and I and everyone else are a snap of a finger away from the derelicts with sparkling eyes and blackened skin who stumble forward knowing that they’ll be gone in a week or two.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • And there’s a few more who are spazzing out, but not as bad, and one or two who are just plain messed up, like plain old derelicts that you might see at the Snooze ’n’ Cruise.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • He was just a harmless old wino, but Kiswana knew her mother only needed one wino or one teenager with a reefer within a twenty-block radius to decide that her daughter was living in a building seething with dope factories and hang-outs for derelicts.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • He looked at me, "Derelicts come out of the park and eat it."
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • He spent years, pickax in hand, breaking rock from sunrise till darkness, with the help of a few stray derelicts: deserters from the armies of his countrymen, escaped convicts, starving Indians.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • If, like, a semi ran her over with all eighteen of its wheels in front of a Mom’s Truck Stop, she would drag herself down the shoulder of the highway using her eyelid muscles until she reached a Snooze ’n’ Cruise full of horny derelicts rather than go into a Mom’s Truck Stop.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • ...asked the playwright for a new work to mark the re-opening of the Biltmore Theatre, which had been derelict for 16 years.
    Terrence McNally
  • As he watched her, along with the derelicts, the sleepy street whores, the miserably curious, he realized he understood her as well.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • He looked at the great city, with no tie to any view or usage others had made of it, it was not a city of gangsters or panhandlers or derelicts or whores, it was the greatest industrial achievement in the history of man, its only meaning was that which it meant to him, there was a personal quality in his sight of it, a quality of possessiveness and of unhesitant perception, as if he were seeing it for the first time-or the last.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
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as in: derelict in her duty Define
failing to fulfill one's responsibilities -- especially through lack of effort
as in: derelict ship Define
in terrible condition -- often abandoned
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