What is another word for in tatters?

67 synonyms found


[ ɪn tˈatəz], [ ɪn tˈatəz], [ ɪ_n t_ˈa_t_ə_z]

When something is described as being "in tatters", it means that it is in a state of disrepair or ruin, with little hope for recovery. Synonyms for this phrase include "shambles", "ruins", "decimated", "demolished", "devastated", "destroyed", "dismantled" and "wrecked". These words all capture the sense of something being broken and chaotic, with little hope of restoration. Whether it is a physical structure that has fallen into disrepair, or a relationship that has been irreparably damaged, these words can be used interchangeably with "in tatters" to convey a sense of hopelessness and despair.

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    How to use "In tatters" in context?

    When I first saw the stained, ripped clothing that splayed out around my feet, I couldn't believe my eyes. The once pristine clothing I had been wearing only hours ago was now in tatters- rents and tears exposing my skin to the cold air. The debris that lay scattered around me testified to the force with which the attack had taken place. As I tried to piece together what had happened, the overwhelming smell of sulphur and burning flesh filled my nose.

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