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Definition worn and broken down by hard use
  • 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
  • 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
  • "Decrepit," I interjected.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • 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
  • But Stuart had caught "a glimpse of the living spirit shining through the feeble and decrepit body.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • My yells over the decrepit telephone brought no response.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • I knew nothing of that watery city, and the decrepit carrack looming alongside the dock looked scarcely seaworthy.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • The decrepit Devon endeavor?
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Occasionally the decrepit little body staggered; once she sat down to get her breath; rising shortly, she struggled on with renewed haste.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • He lies upon his bed, an aged man with sunken cheeks, the decrepit shadow of himself.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • 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
  • We raced past other decrepit gods, who all got quite excited.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • 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
  • Every building we pass looks decrepit, coated in ash and weeds, but upon closer inspection, there's something much more.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Johnny pointed to one decrepit but oddly elegant structure and said, "The Empire State Building."
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I realized how very old and decrepit I must look to this young person.
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place

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