Words pronounced "subtle or gemene messed-up" in Australian English

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There’s a short passage that I don’t understand in a formal speech in a youtube video. The passage starts at 6:30, and the URL is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJJX123tIwA#t=6m25s Here is my transcript of the passage, with the part that I don’t get in boldface :

Catholic seminaries were almost emptied. Convents were a smouldering wreck of subtle or gemene messed-up nuns, who were the remnants of the vast numbers that used to be there.

The speaker is from Australia.

new_user

Posted 2018-01-18T06:55:34.670

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This is what I hear:

Countless seminaries were almost emptied. Convents were a smouldering wreck of psychologically messed-up nuns who were the remnants of the vast numbers that used to be there. It was an astonishingly rapid collapse.

As you can see, you actually got two words wrong.

Michael Rybkin

Posted 2018-01-18T06:55:34.670

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Thank you for your feedback. However, I still think it's "emptied" not "empty" here, I'm sure there's a "d" sound – new_user – 2018-01-18T07:22:53.573

I think you're right. I just gave it another listen and it does sound like there is a "d" at the end of empty. – Michael Rybkin – 2018-01-18T07:31:09.357