Definition of decrepitude in US English:



  • The state of being decrepit.

    ‘he had passed directly from middle age into decrepitude’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As once observed, the problem is ‘not illness but decrepitude.’’
    • ‘To me, he was the embodiment of decrepitude and stubbornness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, his scholarship has shown that decrepitude has been a problem with the last 10 directors to retire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many people in their 40s and 50s are in their prime, yet some employers seem to consider them on the slippery slope to decrepitude.’
    • ‘Perhaps I was particularly sensitive to his plight, having watched my parent's generation laid waste by decrepitude and death.’
    • ‘That was when I would begin my long slide into senility and decrepitude and start wearing different-coloured socks.’
    • ‘I don't dislike the decrepitude of my body - in fact, I respect it, because it's served me well.’
    • ‘My journal entry for December 16, 2002, captures my decrepitude.’
    • ‘Suffer a common injury like a blown knee, torn shoulder, or tweaked back and you hasten physiological decrepitude - often through the likes of arthritis.’
    • ‘The gathering of around 30 people is primarily - as you might expect - elderly to the point of decrepitude.’
    • ‘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.’
    feebleness, enfeeblement, infirmity, weakness, frailty, debilitation, debility, sickliness, incapacitation, malaise
    dilapidation, ricketiness, dereliction, ruin, disrepair, rack and ruin, decay, deterioration
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