American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Devoid of inhabitants; deserted: "streets which were usually so thronged now grown desolate” ( Daniel Defoe).
- adj. Barren; lifeless: the rocky, desolate surface of the moon.
- adj. Rendered unfit for habitation or use: the desolate cities of war-torn Europe.
- adj. Dreary; dismal.
- adj. Bereft of friends or hope; sad and forlorn. See Synonyms at sad.
- v. To rid or deprive of inhabitants.
- v. To lay waste; devastate: "Here we have no wars to desolate our fields” ( Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur).
- v. To forsake; abandon.
- v. To make lonely, forlorn, or wretched.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render lonely, as a place or region, by depopulation or devastation; make desert; lay waste; ruin; ravage.
- To overwhelm with grief; afflict; make very sorry or weary: as, his heart was desolated by his loss; your misfortune desolates me; to be desolated by ennui.
- Solitary; lonely; without companionship; forsaken.
- Overwhelmed with grief; deprived of comfort; afflicted.
- Destitute; lacking.
- Destitute of inhabitants; uninhabited; lonely; abandoned: as, a desolate wilderness; desolate altars; desolate towers.
- Lost to shame; abandoned; dissolute.
- Synonyms Companionless.
- Forlorn, cheerless, miserable, wretched.
- Abandoned, unfrequented, lonely, waste, wild, barren, dreary.
- adj. Deserted and devoid of inhabitants.
- adj. Barren and lifeless.
- adj. Made unfit for habitation or use.
- adj. Dismal or dreary.
- adj. Sad, forlorn and hopeless.
- v. To deprive of inhabitants.
- v. To devastate or lay waste somewhere.
- v. To abandon or forsake something.
- v. To make someone sad, forlorn and hopeless.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Destitute or deprived of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited; hence, gloomy
- adj. Laid waste; in a ruinous condition; neglected; destroyed.
- adj. Left alone; forsaken; lonely; comfortless.
- adj. obsolete Lost to shame; dissolute.
- adj. obsolete Destitute of; lacking in.
- v. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants.
- v. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage.
- v. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
- v. reduce in population
- adj. providing no shelter or sustenance
- adj. crushed by grief
- v. cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
- From Middle English, from Latin desolatus, past participle of desolare ("to leave alone, make lonely, lay waste, desolate"), from solus ("alone"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English desolat, from Latin dēsōlātus, past participle of dēsōlāre, to abandon : dē-, de- + sōlus, alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_Yet shall he confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in half a week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease: and upon a wing of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that which is determined be poured upon the desolate_.”
“You'll learn how progress is being made to teach villagers in desolate regions where water is scarce and soil fertility is lacking, to conserve and recycle water; to use compost, worm culture and other techniques to enrich the land; and to grow and market nutritious produce such as amaranth.”
“A real anomie zone, but possessed with a certain desolate beauty.”
“They are organized via radio communication and strike in desolate areas.”
“And here I thought you were going to be in desolate conditions!”
“She stood staring after the child, her expression desolate, her hair plastered to her head, her beautiful gown soiled and torn.”
“It's not in like what you would call a desolate area from our maintenance crews.”
“It's not in like what you would call a desolate area from our maintenance crews since it is a mountain pass over the continental divide, maintenance crews are located very close to there.”
“In books as a whole marshes are described as desolate and colourless, great fields of clay or sedge, vast horizons of drab or grey.”
“One finds butterflies, too, about these high, sharp regions which might be called desolate, but will not by me who love them.”
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