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    Smile fabulous derelict mansion

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    <Edward had a good life. He lived with his mum and dad in a fabulous derelict mansion. From his attic bedroom he enjoyed a fifteen kilometre view.~>

    These are from a chapter book for children. I don't understand the underlined part. Doesn't 'derelict' mean 'not used in bad condition'?
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    not used or cared for and in bad condition

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    Re: fabulous derelict mansion

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    Hello.

    <Edward had a good life. He lived with his mum and dad in a fabulous derelict mansion. From his attic bedroom he enjoyed a fifteen kilometre view.~>

    These are from a chapter book for children. I don't understand the underlined part. Doesn't 'derelict' mean 'not used in bad condition'?
    Please help!!


    not used or cared for and in bad condition
    "Derelict" is a bad choice of words, "dilapidated" would be better.

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    Re: fabulous derelict mansion

    Thanks your reply. But, can the word, derelict[or dilapidated], be used with fabulous or mansion? In the story, his father works for a big company in town and he has a good life every day.

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    Re: fabulous derelict mansion

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    Thanks your reply. But, can the word, derelict[or dilapidated], be used with fabulous or mansion? In the story, his father works for a big company in town and he has a good life every day.
    Yes, "dilapidated" could be used.
    dilapidated - Definition of dilapidated adjective from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus

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    Re: fabulous derelict mansion

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    Thanks your reply. But, can the word, derelict[or dilapidated], be used with fabulous or mansion? In the story, his father works for a big company in town and he has a good life every day.
    I think the idea is that the mansion is so big and luxurious [spacious, ornate, surrounded by gardens ...] that it's fabulous even if it is derelict. Perhaps the family lives in only one wing.

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