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decrepitude (noun) (of people) old and in poor condition of health; (of objects) in bad condition or ready to collapse because of long use.

Being old and very weak, or being very ill and very weak is the effect of decrepitude. Old age compounded with illness and the poor condition of health that follows is decrepitude. 'Decrepitude has confined him to bed.' This means that because of old age or poor health or because of both, he is bedridden. He is very weak. An object which is very old and is ready to collapse or an object which is totally worn-out because of long use suffers from decrepitude. Such an object is of no use anymore. A very old building and is ready to collapse suffers from decrepitude.

  • Almost all the people save money to avoid dying in decrepitude. While most people may not be afraid of death, death after suffering from decrepitude definitely scares them.
  • For those people in decrepitude, Mother Theresa's home for the aged provides some comfort from the effects of old age and illnesses common to old age.
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