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The decrepit computer can’t handle iTunes updates.
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  • The decrepit computer can’t handle iTunes updates.
  • a decrepit bus held together with duct tape
  • The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always asked to do things, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down.
    T.S. Eliot
  • If architects want to strengthen a decrepit arch, they increase the load that is laid upon it, for thereby the parts are joined more firmly together. So, if therapists wish to foster their patients’ mental health, they should not be afraid to increase that load through a reorientation toward the meaning of one’s life.
    Victor Frankl

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  • He lies upon his bed, an aged man with sunken cheeks, the decrepit shadow of himself.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • To her decrepit, sick, and bedrid father;
    Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • It was the woodshed behind my sister’s house—a place to stow lawn-mower parts and rusty tools—a decrepit old outbuilding, like something from a slasher movie where campers are slowly killed off.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • A strip of parking lot, a decrepit diner ("All You Can Eat Wednesdays!
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Leaving the pub felt like stepping into one of those heavily retouched photos that come loaded as wallpaper on new computers: streets of artfully decrepit cottages stretched into the distance, giving way to green fields sewn together by meandering rock walls, the whole scene topped by scudding white clouds.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Freshly showered and wearing the uniform that I thought was the least unflattering, I stood in the fluorescent light of the decrepit bathroom and looked at the unfamiliar woman in the mirror.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • This plane was an outrageously decrepit bi-motor built in 1938 as a military training aircraft.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • There was the decrepit, mixed-up scent of engine oil and stale beer and animal spray, the waft of which always seems to overrun certain locales and neighborhoods.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • lf thirty-two is old and decrepit, what does that make you, old man?
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • "If your parents are really so decrepit—and I must say I find that hard to believe; they’re barely in their seventies—they should move to a retirement community.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Cristian remembers it as "a scary-looking, decrepit house" with torn-up shutters and holes in the walls.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I realized how very old and decrepit I must look to this young person.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The wall of faded paper took a beating as the wind blew through the fences, ripping some of the more decrepit sheets free and making others flutter like hummingbird wings.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • My yells over the decrepit telephone brought no response.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "If you mean to tell me that you’re so decrepit you can’t manage more than once in a day anymore."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Every building we pass looks decrepit, coated in ash and weeds, but upon closer inspection, there’s something much more.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Standing on a golden perch behind the door was a decrepit-looking bird that resembled a half-plucked turkey.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • We are completely at the mercy of a decrepit tiger-woman with what I can only hope is an all-consuming passion for Snow’s death.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Only when she mounts the stage and they ask for volunteers, all you can hear is the wind whistling through the decrepit buildings around her.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • I went downstairs to the tiny windowless gift shop and asked the decrepit volunteer sitting on a stool behind a cash register what kind of flowers smell the strongest.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • I don’t speak of his capacity as a general, but at a time like this how they appoint a decrepit, blind old man, positively blind?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They found lodging at the Golden Globe, which was cheap but not decrepit.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • For the next thirty minutes Walt and Billie walk quietly around the decrepit vehicle, amble down to the Sushana River, visit the nearby woods.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The decrepit Devon endeavor?
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • In a very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • In the opinion of Hans Junior, his father was part of an old, decrepit Germany—one that allowed everyone else to take it for the proverbial ride while its own people suffered.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The pews were decrepit, the bills were once so in arrears the electricity was nearly turned off, and the padre hadn’t installed air-conditioning, despite summer temperatures that reach 120 degrees.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • I winced, remembering how old and decrepit my father looked.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • The jukebox is old and decrepit, no neon lights, no fancy touches.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • Not long after that, Adam was complaining about his decrepit guitar, saying he wanted to get a vintage Gibson SG, and I offered to get it for him for his birthday.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Amid the decrepit apartment complexes, the soulless strip malls, the gas stations, and the used-car dealerships, there were women walking the streets in chadors and hijabs and others in colorful African robes and headdresses.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • We raced past other decrepit gods, who all got quite excited.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Aged persons, alive in the time of Mr. Surveyor Pue, and from whose oral testimony he had made up his narrative, remembered her, in their youth, as a very old, but not decrepit woman, of a stately and solemn aspect.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "Keep watch now, and see what happens!" Before long there was a fluttering of wings, and back came the thrush; and with him came a most decrepit old bird.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • The decrepit animal would never pull the hill.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The terrified youngster stood frozen, pointing at the base of the obelisk where a shabby, decrepit drunk sat slumped on the stairs.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He funneled over a million dollars into it before the first postwar guest ever stepped through its doors, turning a decrepit relic into a showplace.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He seated himself on a wooden bench, with his back against a decrepit vine; he gazed at the stars, past the puny and stunted silhouettes of his fruit-trees.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He was forty-one years old, and he was visiting his decrepit mother at Pine Knoll, an old people’s home he had put her in only a month before.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • I could see that he was trying to find a solution, a way to outrun them in this decrepit van or a way to evade them–to hide our wide white profile in the low, gaunt brush of the desert–without leading them back to the rest.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • We stared at one another as the car took a right turn and disappeared behind the decrepit rectory of the church.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • The decrepit father was wheeled in to see Svidrigailov by the tender and sensible mother, who as usual began the conversation with various irrelevant questions.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Oh! what a decrepit face, livid and haggard and drawn with the love of gambling and of dice!
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I drummed my fingers as I waited for my decrepit computer to wheeze awake; they snapped against the desk, staccato and anxious.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • No matter how decrepit we became, we would have looked after each other, like we always did.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • A few wind-whipped and decrepit Victorian mansions, remnants of a lost era of seagoing optimism, loomed out of the snowfall on the town’s sporadic hills.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
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