Desolate is defined as someone or something which is unhappy or bleak.(adjective)
The definition of desolate is to abandon or make deserted.(verb)
When you destroy a landscape by polluting and killing all of the greenery, this is an example of when you desolate the landscape.
See desolate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME desolat < L desolatus, pp. of desolare, to leave alone, forsake, strip of inhabitants < de-, intens. + solare, to make lonely < solus, sole
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Origin: Middle English desolat
Origin: , from Latin dēsōlātus
Origin: , past participle of dēsōlāre, to abandon
Origin: : dē-, de-
Origin: + sōlus, alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
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