decrepit

Definition: Weakened by old age; worn out by long use

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Amelia - By Henry Fielding, Gustavus Howard Maynadier
...It is enervated at home--becomes contemptible abroad; and such indeed is its misery and wretchedness, Vhat it resembles a man in the last decrepit stage of life, who looks with unconcern at his approaching dissolution . "...
The World Went Very Well Then - By Walter Besant, Am
...He never spoke of any relations; and at his first coming he seemed to be as old as now, so that some, when they saw the sign of the Silver Mortar put up, and the gallipots ranged in the shop, laughed to think of so old and decrepit a man beginning trade as an apothecary ....
Dawn O'Hara - By Edna Ferber, R. Ford Harper, Frederick A. Stokes Company
...And run we did, like two mad creatures, until we rounded a gentle curve and brought up, panting, within a foot of a decrepit rail fence ....
The Scarlet Letter - By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Joseph Hatton
...To confess the truth, it was my greatest appre-liensiou,--as it would never be a measure of policy to turn out so quiet an individual as myself, and it being hardly in the nature of a public officer to resign,--it was my chief trouble, therefore, that I was likely to grow gray and decrepit in the Surveyorship, and become much such another animal as the old Inspector ....
War and Peace - By Leo Tolstoy
...On one hand Smolensk, which he was convinced might have been held, had been abandoned on the Gth -LRB- 18th -RRB-; on the other his father, decrepit and ailing, had been forced to leave Lissy-Gory, the home that the old man had built and arranged to his own taste, and that he loved above everything in the world ....
Of Human Bondage - By William Somerset Maugham
...Moret was in those days an old-fashioned town of one street at the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau, and the Ecu dOr was a hotel which still had about it the decrepit air of the Ancien Regime ....
Ben-Hur - By Lew Wallace, Joseph Autier
...Occasionally the decrepit little body staggered; once she sat down to get her breath; rising shortly, sue struggled on with renewed haste ....
The House of the Seven Gables - By Nathaniel Hawthorne
...He could talk sagely about the world 's old age, but never actually believed what he said; he was a young man still, and therefore looked upon the world--that gray-bearded and wrinkled profligate, decrepit, without being venerable--as a tender stripling, capable of being improved into all that it ought to be, but scarcely yet had shown the remotest promise of becoming ....
Middlemarch - By George Eliot
...If a man has a capacity for great thoughts, he is likely to overtake them before he is decrepit, " said Will, with irrepressible quickness ....
At the Back of the North Wind - By George MacDonald
...How could he have taken the worn decrepit creature she was now, for the glorious Princess Daylight ?...
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon - By Washington Irving
...The only being that seemed thoroughly to feel the humble and prostrate piety of a true Christian was a poor decrepit old woman, bending under the weight of years and infirmities ....
The Damnation of Theron Ware - By Harold Frederic
...There were very old men among these,--bent and decrepit veterans who had known Lorenzo Dow, and had been ordained by elders who remembered Francis Asbury and even Whitefield ....
The Octopus - By Frank Norris
...In a corner of the room, during the whole course of his dinner, two young Mexicans -LRB- one of whom was astonishingly handsome, after the melodramatic fashion of his race -RRB- and an old fellow, the centenarian of the town, decrepit beyond belief, sang an interminable love-song to the accompaniment of a guitar and an accordion ....