Pronunciation: [ dih-lap-i-dey-tid ]
Origin: Early 16th century; Latin
Etymology: from Latin dilapidat- ‘demolished, squandered’, from the verb dilapidare, literally ‘scatter as if throwing stones’, from di- ‘apart, abroad’ + lapis, lapid- ‘stone’
1. (adjective) reduce to or fallen into partial ruin or decay, as from age, wear, or neglect
Synonym(s): broken-down, crumbling, damaged, neglected, shabby, unkempt
Antonym(s): nice, repaired, stable, sound
Example: They were saddened to see the dilapidated house among all the other historic, nicely restored homes.