Desolate meaning

dĕsə-lĭt, dĕz-
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 is desolate.

adjective
22
3
To rid or deprive of inhabitants.
verb
14
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Left alone; lonely; solitary.
adjective
13
3
Feeling, showing, causing, or expressing sadness or loneliness.
adjective
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Made unfit for habitation or use; laid waste; neglected; destroyed.

Desolate altars.

adjective
10
3
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To forsake; abandon.
verb
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0

He was left desolate by the early death of his wife.

adjective
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To lay waste; devastate.
verb
5
0
Forlorn; wretched.
adjective
5
0
To forsake; abandon.
verb
5
0
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To make lonely, forlorn, or wretched.
verb
4
0
Uninhabited; deserted.
adjective
4
0
To make desolate; rid of inhabitants.
verb
4
0
To make forlorn, wretched, etc.
verb
4
0
adjective
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To deprive of inhabitants.
verb
3
0
To devastate or lay waste somewhere.
verb
3
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To abandon or forsake something.
verb
3
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To make uninhabitable; lay waste; devastate.
verb
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1

A desolate isle; a desolate wilderness; a desolate house.

adjective
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1
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To make someone sad, forlorn and hopeless.
verb
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0
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.

verb
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Made uninhabitable; laid waste; in a ruinous state.
adjective
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adjective
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Origin of desolate

  • Middle English desolat from Latin dēsōlātus past participle of dēsōlāre to abandon dē- de- sōlus alone s(w)e- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Latin desolatus, past participle of desolare (“to leave alone, make lonely, lay waste, desolate”), from solus (“alone”).

    From Wiktionary