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  • adv. In a desolate manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a desolate manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a desolate manner; as one forsaken, abandoned, or overwhelmed with ruin or grief.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in grief-stricken loneliness; without comforting circumstances or prospects


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  • Even did she ride to anchor, desolately lonely, in the Bay of a Thousand Ships.


  • I've watched poor black taxi drivers and domestics slog desolately through their day in Caribbean island resorts, knowing that for them the standard of living enjoyed by the tourists they serve will never be in reach.

    Karen Talavera: How Wide Is Your Lens?

  • Dura-Europos, too, was situated in a far-flung, desolately picturesque spot: at the edge of the Syrian desert near Iraq on a long-abandoned plateau abutting the Euphrates.

    Rare Objects, Rarer Practices

  • One of her most desolately revealing portraits shows Cecil Beaton, the grand master, standing stiffly posed among the urns and lilies in his spacious conservatory in Wiltshire; formal, ill at ease, wearing a hat.

    Portraits of the artists

  • It's amazing that Mr. Hickam describes NASA engineers desolately counting their days until retirement, when those engineers could have chosen to go private and be part of the exciting projects that are happening in the real world of space exploration.

    Time to Change the Guard for U.S. Space Exploration?

  • The apartment echoed desolately without Thomas and the children; she stopped in the doorway to the kitchen and looked at the mess they had left behind them from breakfast, without really seeing it.

    Red Wolf

  • Less painful moments wherein I feel like my heart is being wrenched out of my chest as I stare desolately at the page with the text blurring as my eyes well up.

    Review: Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth

  • The question was so plaintive and desolately hopeful that Matt felt tears sting his eyes.

    The Home for Broken Hearts

  • The hotel is a little desolately located in corporate Westchester, though you can get to downtown Port Chester in a few minutes by car or a half hour walk.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • It all hinged on that, thought Buzz, wandering desolately across the courtyard, blaming himself—and Corey.

    Naked Cruelty


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