decrepitude :

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  • n  a state of deterioration due to old age or long use

  • My first impression of Russia was one of fantastic decrepitude; my second of fantastic activity to make this good.
  • The mold and decrepitude at Walter Reed are likely to be only the beginning of the tragedy, the latest example of incompetence in this Administration.
  • He has written lovingly about its lusts (Portnoy's Complaint), its decrepitude (The Dying Animal) and the intersection of the two (a ribald graveside scene in Sabbath's Theater).
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  • Sideshow: What does Pink fear?
    Anxiety grips us all. We dread our impending decrepitude; World War III; losing our jobs. But how many of us have cheesy angst?
    Sept. 11, 2013 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Nirupam Sen in Christian Science Monitor
    To postpone and do nothing is perhaps a sign of maturity, but equally of old age and decrepitude,Ambassador Nirupam Sen told the assembly.
  • David Garrow in Patriot Post
    Mental decrepitude among aging justices is a persistently recurring problem,wrote historian David J. Garrow in a detailed analysis of the issue in 2000. "The history of the Court is replete with repeated instances of justices casting...
  • Colin Firth in
    I can't think where a sequel would go,Firth, who plays Mark Darcy, told, adding, "The only way where I could possibly imagine a third film being interesting is that if it showed us in an advanced state of decrepitude. Really...

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