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Definition in bad condition — especially from age and neglect
  • a dilapidated old car
  • The home is dilapidated from decades of neglect.
  • After looking the town over with some care, the most suitable place that could be secured seemed to be a rather dilapidated shanty near the coloured Methodist church, together with the church itself as a sort of assembly-room.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery
  • There was a window on each side of the dilapidated entrance;
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The old, dilapidated house stood in the setting sun, quiet and serene, belying the horror that it had harbored for so many years.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • We crossed a dirt courtyard, where pieces of clothing hung like pennants from a wire, and entered a dilapidated hut like all the others.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • The factory was a much bigger building than she had imagined, and it was incredibly dilapidated.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • So, we sit out on her dilapidated porch and she tells me the whole story about Zach.
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • But, when the sun was low, three men turned in at the gateway and made for the dilapidated house.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The Colosseum was a dilapidated shell, and the Arch of Constantine had fallen.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Mom and Dad moved into a six-story flophouse in a more dilapidated neighborhood.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • She faltered a step toward the dilapidated rail fence as they came up.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • There were no numbers on the dilapidated place, but the tattoo parlor beside it was just two numbers off.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • First it was an old police station, then it was a dilapidated storefront sporting a yellow awning that read jade wolf Chinese cuisine.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The men wavered in indecision for a moment, and then with a long, wailful cry the dilapidated regiment surged forward and began its new journey.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • We spent nearly every waking moment covered with stench and grime while we gutted out Mother's dilapidated house.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • He called the Södertälje police and gave them Paolo Roberto's directions to a dilapidated warehouse southwest of Lake Yngern.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • As Shade swore, Bryan got a glimpse that revealed the dilapidated car was packed with kids.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Duane peeped in to see a dilapidated youngster on her knee.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • He had come to Market Basing eight years ago and rented Leigh House, a rambling, dilapidated old mansion fast falling into ruin.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot

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