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decrepit
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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Definition
worn and broken down by hard use
  • I lodged with two decrepit old ladies, who looked after me.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (31% in)
  • It was a decrepit little house, sunk on one side, with three windows looking into the street, and with a muddy yard, in the middle of which stood a solitary cow.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (69% in)
  • ...betrayed unconsciously, and so early, that timid despair which leads so many in our unhappy society, who dread cynicism and its corrupting influences, and mistakenly attribute all the mischief to European enlightenment, to return to their 'native soil,' as they say, to the bosom, so to speak, of their mother earth, like frightened children, yearning to fall asleep on the withered bosom of their decrepit mother, and to sleep there for ever, only to escape the horrors that terrify them.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (42% in)

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