dilapidated dilapidated  /də ˈlæ pə ˌdeɪ tɪd/


  • (adj) in deplorable condition


  1. He lived with his fifth wife in a dilapidated courtyard house, shuffling occasionally to the library to conduct historical research on his defanged and unloved dynasty.
  2. Restless teenagers mill around narrow streets lined with burned-out houses and dilapidated trailer parks.
  3. In 1987, he and half-sister Auma rode a dilapidated old bus from Kisumu, the provincial capital, 60 miles away.


  1. Extrications concern Crowley Fire Chief Viator

    CROWLEY - During the Crowley city council meeting Tuesday night, the council moved to condemn four dilapidated properties, honored a recently deceased man who served the city for decades and donat...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Acadia Parish Today

  2. Netanyahu helps dedicate upgraded Holocaust exhibit at Auschwitz

    Inaccurate, dilapidated Communist-era display was remade by Israel’s Yad Vashem research center.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Washington Post

  3. Oak Ridge board to building owner: Fix it up or tear it down

    OAK RIDGE — A high-profile but dilapidated building in a busy commercial area faces either a date with a wrecking ball or significant repairs following action Thursday by a city board.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Knoxville News Sentinel


  1. "To think that men and women are serving their country in the most honorable and courageous way possible and all we give them is a dilapidated, rat-infested, run-down building to recover is a disgrace," Schumer wrote. "My fear is that Walter...
    on Mar 4, 2007 By: Charles Schumer Source: USA Today

  2. "We are united in making this a major effort of the city to rid the city of these dilapidated slums," council member Mary Cheh said at the news conference. "It takes a special indifference and greed to leave homes in this kind of condition,...
    on Jun 24, 2008 By: Mary Cheh Source: FOXNews

  3. "I look at our communities now and I see many empty lots, closed clinics, dilapidated schools and an overall breakdown of social services for the poor and elderly," says Ludacris. "Today is a day for change. I plan to knock on doors in...
    on Mar 24, 2010 By: Ludacris Source: PR Newswire (press release)

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