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  • verb Present participle of desolate.


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  • And -- and they -- they are subject to the same kind of desolating feelings that other people have.

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  • The inefficiency and lack of foresight in dealing with Italy's well-known earthquake risk was "desolating", Barberi said.


  • One sudden and desolating change had taken place; but

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  • "Being romantically isolated with no prospects is desolating for people," says Eli Finkel, a psychology professor at Northwestern University who studies intimate relationships.

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  • One sudden and desolating change had taken place; but a thousand little circumstances might have by degrees worked other alterations, which, although they were done more tranquilly, might not be the less decisive.

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  • I therefore advised that the Valley campaign be terminated north of Staunton, and I be permitted to return, carrying out on the way my original instructions for desolating the Shenandoah country so as to make it untenable for permanent occupation by the Confederates.

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  • The prescribed area included the little village of Dayton, but when a few houses in the immediate neighborhood of the scene of the murder had been burned, Custer was directed to cease his desolating work, but to fetch away all the able-bodied males as prisoners.

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  • Often desolating entire watersheds, these rust colored streams are the consequence of a proud past filled with hard work and dedication in an era that paid little attention to environmental consequences.

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  • The desolating sacrilege, the "abomination of desolations," an unambiguous reference to Antiochus' rededication of the temple to Zeus Olympus Ba'al Shomem and sacrifice of a pig on the altar.

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  • It filled me with indescribable terror to think how swiftly that desolating change had come.

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