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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.


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