- Desolate is defined as someone or something which is unhappy or bleak.
- A barren and depressing landscape is an example of a desolate landscape.
- A person who is miserable and sad is an example of someone who isdesolate.
- The definition of desolate is to abandon or make deserted.
When you destroy a landscape by polluting and killing all of the greenery, this is an example of when you desolate the landscape.
A desolate landscape.
- left alone; lonely; solitary
- uninhabited; deserted
- made uninhabitable; laid waste; in a ruinous state
- forlorn; wretched
Origin of desolateMiddle English desolat ; from Classical Latin desolatus, past participle of desolare, to leave alone, forsake, strip of inhabitants ; from de-, intensive + solare, to make lonely ; from solus, sole
- a. Devoid of inhabitants; deserted: “streets which were usually so thronged now grown desolate” (Daniel Defoe).b. Barren; lifeless: the rocky, desolate surface of the moon.
- Feeling, showing, causing, or expressing sadness or loneliness. See Synonyms at sad.
transitive verbdes·o·lat·ed, des·o·lat·ing, des·o·lates
- To rid or deprive of inhabitants.
- To lay waste; devastate: “Here we have no wars to desolate our fields” (Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur).
- To forsake; abandon.
- To make lonely, forlorn, or wretched.
Origin of desolateMiddle English desolat, from Latin dēsōlātus, past participle of dēsōlāre, to abandon : dē-, de- + sōlus, alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
- des′o·lat′er, des′o·la′tor
(comparative more desolate, superlative most desolate)
(third-person singular simple present desolates, present participle desolating, simple past and past participle desolated)