I really like thinking in abstract and recently had the chance to visit a place again after a long time which is just not the same anymore. The environment and people had kinda become like 'this' from the Powerpuff Girls episode.

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People had deteriorated mainly because of age.

So I just need a word for this whole situation. The closest word I can think about is apocalyptic. But I think, of course, it's a bit extreme. Since there hasn't been any major event. It's just that everything has lost its energy naturally due to not good planning, for the worst. Please suggest.

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    Depending on what exactly the show is depicting, perhaps aged or decrepit or decaying or zombie or maybe zombie-like. – BradC Jan 12 '17 at 16:23
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    For single-word requests, I think you're supposed to write a sentence in which you want to use the word and a put a blank (______) where you want the requested word to go. – AmE speaker Jan 12 '17 at 17:26
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    Unlike a spoonful of sugar, kinda doesn't always go down well when you're asking questions! – Ronald Sole Jan 12 '17 at 19:04

If it has become that way because of age, perhaps decrepit will work.



  1. Worn out or ruined because of age or neglect.

  2. Wasted and weakened by or as if by the infirmities of old age.



The place has gone to seed. To go to seed means, literally and metaphorically, that the period of flowering and fructification has passed.


Dilapidated -- M-W

decayed, deteriorated, or fallen into partial ruin especially through neglect or misuse


Although it might imply a “moral corruption” too strongly for your tastes, I think Merriam-Webster’s ...

“verb (past participle/adjective)-1:to pass from a higher to a lower type or condition” and

“noun-2: a lowering … to an enfeebled and worsened kind or state”

... meanings for “degenerate{d}” and “degeneration”, respectively, could work well (in a pinch) for both the environment/town and its residents:

“the town’s degeneration”//“the degeneration of the town”//“the degenerated town”

“the degeneration of the villagers//”their degeneration”//“the degenerated [condition/look of the] villagers”

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