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  • n. The state of being desolate or barren.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being desolate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being desolate, in any sense of the word.


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  • There was a kind of desolateness in our life, though we did not understand it at the time.

    The Two Sides of the Shield

  • I loved LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL -- its desolateness took a hold of my soul (in a wonderful way) for a good week after I finished reading.

    Author-Friends, Meet Emily St. John Mandel

  • In an open space, striving to burrow into the snow as though for shelter from the appalling desolateness, huddled three dreary lodges.


  • "The fact that it is not an isolated art space, with its desolateness and emptiness despite its real existence, drew my interest," he said.

    Hoyt Hilsman: Ancient Istanbul Synagogue Reborn as Arts Center†

  • Now, as I did stand there, looking downward into the Dark, and often backward unto the shining of the Final Light, and put to a horrid desolateness, behold! there came the low beating of the

    The Night Land

  • He pitied the ignorance of the heathen, the credulity of the Mahommedan, the desolateness of the Jew, even the infidelity of the atheist; but he execrated, abhorred, and abominated the Church of Rome.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • Of all those among whom she had lived in cold desolateness for so many years, one only had got near her heart.

    Castle Richmond

  • There is a uniformity in the barren desolateness of this country, which wearies one more than I am able to express.

    Journals of Two Expeditions into the Interior of New South Wales

  • Second: To the native Indian of Peru, the continual sight of the snowhowdahed Andes conveys naught of dread, except, perhaps, in the mere fancying of the eternal frosted desolateness reigning at such vast altitudes, and the natural conceit of what a fearfulness it would be to lose oneself in such inhuman solitude.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • This desolateness overcame all his connubial fears — he called loudly for his wife and children — the lonely chambers rang for a moment with his voice, and then all again was silence.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon


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