from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To rid or deprive of inhabitants.
- transitive v. To lay waste; devastate: "Here we have no wars to desolate our fields” ( Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur).
- transitive v. To forsake; abandon.
- transitive v. To make lonely, forlorn, or wretched.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. Lost to shame; dissolute.
- adj. Destitute of; lacking in.
- transitive v. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants.
- transitive v. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
From Middle English, from Latin desolatus, past participle of desolare ("to leave alone, make lonely, lay waste, desolate"), from solus ("alone"). (Wiktionary)