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  • deserted and devoid of inhabitants
  • barren and lifeless
  • made unfit for habitation or use
  • dismal or dreary
  • sad, forlorn and hopeless
  • to deprive somewhere of inhabitants
  • to devastate or lay waste somewhere
  • to abandon or forsake something
  • to make someone sad, forlorn and hopeless
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



||Des"o*late (?), a. [L. desolatus, p. p. of desolare to leave alone, forsake; de- + solare to make lonely, solus alone. See Sole, a.] 1. Destitute or deprived of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited; hence, gloomy; as, a desolate isle; a desolate wilderness; a desolate house.

I will make Jerusalem . . . a den of dragons, and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.
Jer. ix. 11.

And the silvery marish flowers that throng
The desolate creeks and pools among.
Tennyson.

2. Laid waste; in a ruinous condition; neglected; destroyed; as, desolate altars.

3. Left alone; forsaken; lonely; comfortless.

Have mercy upon, for I am desolate.
Ps. xxv. 16.

Voice of the poor and desolate.
Keble.

4. Lost to shame; dissolute. [Obs.] Chaucer.

5. Destitute of; lacking in. [Obs.]

I were right now of tales desolate.
Chaucer.

Syn. -- Desert; uninhabited; lonely; waste.

Des"o*late (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Desolated; p. pr. & vb. n. Desolating.] 1. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the flood.

2. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a fire desolates a city.

Constructed in the very heart of a desolating war.
Sparks.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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