Definition of decrepitude in English:



  • The state of being decrepit.

    ‘he had passed directly from middle age into decrepitude’
    • ‘Many people in their 40s and 50s are in their prime, yet some employers seem to consider them on the slippery slope to decrepitude.’
    • ‘I don't dislike the decrepitude of my body - in fact, I respect it, because it's served me well.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, and just hitting the screens, he shirks the dotage and decrepitude forcing him into the quiet life for a final fling at what he does best.’
    • ‘Suffer a common injury like a blown knee, torn shoulder, or tweaked back and you hasten physiological decrepitude - often through the likes of arthritis.’
    • ‘As once observed, the problem is ‘not illness but decrepitude.’’
    • ‘Indeed, his scholarship has shown that decrepitude has been a problem with the last 10 directors to retire.’
    • ‘Perhaps I was particularly sensitive to his plight, having watched my parent's generation laid waste by decrepitude and death.’
    • ‘However, Dr. Roberts is unable to offer any assistance, and John begins to age into decrepitude.’
    • ‘We wanted other people to be polite and ignore our decrepitude.’
    • ‘The bothering and begging are exhaustive and unremitting, and the beggars world-beating in their decrepitude and infirmity.’
    • ‘Craig always was a little sensitive to the crew's jokes about the Captain's developing senility and decrepitude, considering that he was one of the oldest engineers about the Maiden, at the age of 63.’
    • ‘That was when I would begin my long slide into senility and decrepitude and start wearing different-coloured socks.’
    • ‘My journal entry for December 16, 2002, captures my decrepitude.’
    • ‘The gathering of around 30 people is primarily - as you might expect - elderly to the point of decrepitude.’
    • ‘His sister and I were talking about how he saw 25 as the beginning of the slide to old age and decrepitude, so he never wanted to live that long.’
    • ‘She was celebrated for her poetic talent, her stunning beauty during her youth, her trifling with amorous men, and her suffering from decrepitude and destitution in old age.’
    • ‘To me, he was the embodiment of decrepitude and stubbornness.’
    feebleness, enfeeblement, infirmity, weakness, frailty, debilitation, debility, sickliness, incapacitation, malaise
    dilapidation, ricketiness, dereliction, ruin, disrepair, rack and ruin, decay, deterioration
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