dilapidation

dilapidation early 15c., from L.L. dilapidationem (nom. dilapidatio) "a squandering," noun of action from pp. stem of L. dilapidare "throw away, squander, waste," lit. "pelt with stones" (thus "ruin, destroy") or else "scatter like stones," from dis- "asunder" (see DIS- (Cf. dis-)) + lapidare "throw stones at," from lapis (gen. lapidis) "stone." "Taken in Eng. in a more literal sense than was usual in Latin" [OED].

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  • dilapidation — [ dilapidasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1465, rare av. 1762; lat. dilapidatio ♦ Action de dilapider. Dilapidation d un héritage. ⇒ dissipation. ♢ Gaspillage. « Une politique de dilapidation forcenée des richesses naturelles du monde » (Siegfried). ⊗ CONTR.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Dilapidation — Di*lap i*da tion, n. [L. dilapidatio: cf. F. dilapidation.] 1. The act of dilapidating, or the state of being dilapidated, reduced to decay, partially ruined, or squandered. [1913 Webster] Tell the people that are relived by the dilapidation of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dilapidation — is a term meaning in general a falling into decay, but more particularly used in the plural in English law for the waste committed by the incumbent of an ecclesiastical living the disrepair for which a tenant is usually liable when he has agreed… …   Wikipedia

  • dilapidation — [də lap΄ə dā′shən] n. 〚ME dilapidacioun < LL dilapidatio〛 1. a dilapidating or becoming dilapidated 2. a dilapidated condition SYN. RUIN * * * See dilapidate. * * * …   Universalium

  • dilapidation — index decline, deterioration, detriment, disrepair, dissolution (disintegration), spoilage, wear and tear …   Law dictionary

  • dilapidation — DILAPIDATION. sub. f. Dépense folle et désordonnée …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • dilapidation — [də lap΄ə dā′shən] n. [ME dilapidacioun < LL dilapidatio] 1. a dilapidating or becoming dilapidated 2. a dilapidated condition SYN. RUIN …   English World dictionary

  • dilapidation — (di la pi da sion ; en vers, de six syllabes) s. f. Action de dilapider. La dilapidation des finances de l État. Coupable de dilapidation. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Lat. dilapidationem, de dilapidare, dilapider …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • DILAPIDATION — s. f. Dépense excessive et désordonnée. La dilapidation des finances de l État …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • DILAPIDATION — n. f. Action de dilapider. La dilapidation des finances de l’état. Il s’était rendu coupable de plusieurs dilapidations …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

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