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 for dilapidation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dilapidation \Di*lap`i*da"tion\, n. [L. dilapidatio: cf. F.
     1. The act of dilapidating, or the state of being
        dilapidated, reduced to decay, partially ruined, or
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              Tell the people that are relived by the dilapidation
              of their public estate.               --Burke.
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     2. Ecclesiastical waste; impairing of church property by an
        incumbent, through neglect or by intention.
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              The business of dilapidations came on between our
              bishop and the Archibishop of York.   --Strype.
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     3. (Law) The pulling down of a building, or suffering it to
        fall or be in a state of decay. --Burrill.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a state of deterioration due to old age or long use [syn:
           decrepitude, dilapidation]
      2: the process of becoming dilapidated [syn: dilapidation,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  61 Moby Thesaurus words for "dilapidation":
     ablation, atomization, bankruptcy, biodegradability,
     biodegradation, breakage, breakdown, breakup, collapse, corrosion,
     corruption, crack-up, crippling, crumbling, damage, decay,
     decomposition, degradability, degradation, destruction, detriment,
     disablement, disintegration, disjunction, disorganization,
     disrepair, dissolution, encroachment, erosion, harm, hobbling,
     hurt, hurting, impairment, incapacitation, incoherence,
     infringement, injury, inroad, loss, maiming, mayhem, mildew,
     mischief, mold, mutilation, oxidation, oxidization,
     ravages of time, resolution, ruination, ruinousness, rust,
     sabotage, scathe, sickening, spoilage, spoiling, weakening, wear,
     wear and tear

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DILAPIDATION. Literally, this signifies the injury done to a building by 
  taking stones from it; but in its figurative, which is also its technical 
  sense, it means the waste committed or permitted upon a building. 

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