The term decrepit we have to establish that it has its etymological origin in Latin. Exactly it derives from “decrepitus”, which is the result of the sum of two well-differentiated parts such as these:

-The prefix “of”.

-The verb “crepare”, which is synonymous with “creaking” or “producing a dry noise”.

It is an adjective that qualifies that or that which, due to old age or seniority, suffers a notorious deterioration of its state.

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For example: “That decrepit old man is in no condition to tell me what to do!” , “I have slept in a decrepit armchair for three nights: all my bones ache”, “The person in charge of security was surprised to see a decrepit old man stealing the coins from the fountain”.

Suppose a tourist stays four nights in a very old and poorly maintained hotel. Upon returning home, he details his bad experience on a social network of travelers, stating that it is a “decrepit” hotel establishment since its elevators do not work, the carpets have stains, the tables and chairs in the dining room are broken and the building has serious electrical problems.

Decrepit is also the characteristic or characteristic of someone or something decrepit : “The decrepit appearance of the city’s public buildings is unfortunate”, “His decrepit way of moving did not prevent him from walking about ten kilometers”, “The decrepit appearance of the woman surprised her neighbors”.

If someone speaks of the “decrepit state” of a person, they will refer to their deteriorated appearance and physical inconveniences. A 50-year-old man who, due to his drug addiction, lost his teeth, lost his job, wears dirty and old clothes and must walk with the help of a cane shows a “decrepit state”.

In the same way, we cannot ignore the use of the term in question in various song titles. A good example of this is the composition “Viejo decrepito”, by El Muertho de Tijuana. Specifically, it is part of his album “Padre Santo”, which was released on the market in 2015 and is part of the rock genre.

In the field of literature we find the book entitled “Stories of a decrepit neighborhood. Memoirs of an alienated mind”, which is written by Curzio. In 2016, that work came to light, which is a compendium of stories halfway between the pulp genre and the black novel.

In these stories, topics such as sex, violence, drugs or lies are addressed, taking the Barrio de Estrecho, located in Madrid, as the setting.

It is also interesting to know that among the synonyms of decrepit are obsolete, ancient, decadent, finished, senile, past or old. On the other hand, in terms of its antonyms, some stand out such as new, brand new, shiny, robust, healthy, vigorous, robust or energetic, among others.


Decrepit Guide