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Definition of Desert

Desert

  1. That which is deserved; the reward or the punishment justly due; claim to recompense, usually in a good sense; right to reward; merit.
  2. A deserted or forsaken region; a barren tract incapable of supporting population, as the vast sand plains of Asia and Africa are destitute and vegetation.
  3. A tract, which may be capable of sustaining a population, but has been left unoccupied and uncultivated; a wilderness; a solitary place.
  4. Of or pertaining to a desert; forsaken; without life or cultivation; unproductive; waste; barren; wild; desolate; solitary; as, they landed on a desert island.
  5. To leave (especially something which one should stay by and support); to leave in the lurch; to abandon; to forsake; -- implying blame, except sometimes when used of localities; as, to desert a friend, a principle, a cause, one's country.
  6. To abandon (the service) without leave; to forsake in violation of duty; to abscond from; as, to desert the army; to desert one's colors.
  7. To abandon a service without leave; to quit military service without permission, before the expiration of one's term; to abscond.

Desert Quotations

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.
Milton Friedman

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.
Baltasar Gracian

Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping?
William Shakespeare

Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in the desert.
Khalil Gibran

Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert.
Khalil Gibran
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Desert Translations

desert in Afrikaans is verlaat
desert in Dutch is wildernis, woestenij, woestijn
desert in Finnish is autiomaa
desert in Italian is deserto
desert in Latin is inculta, derelinquo
desert in Portuguese is deserto
desert in Spanish is desierto, abandonar

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