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