(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
shredded, torn to pieces, ripped, ragged, cut to ribbons.
ANT.: whole, complete
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Torn into or marked by shreds or tatters: ragged, raggedy, tatterdemalion. See BETTER. 2. Showing signs of wear and tear or neglect: bedraggled, broken-down, decaying, decrepit, dilapidated, dingy, down-at-heel, faded, mangy, rundown, scrubby, scruffy, seedy, shabby, shoddy, sleazy, tatty, threadbare. Informal: tacky2. Slang: ratty. Idioms: all the worse for wear, gone to pot (or seed), past cure (or hope). See BETTER.

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