- 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
transitive verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
- to make desolate; rid of inhabitants
- to make uninhabitable; lay waste; devastate
- to forsake; abandon
- to make forlorn, wretched, etc.
Origin of desolateME desolaten < the adj.