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Definition of Desolate


  1. Destitute or deprived of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited; hence, gloomy; as, a desolate isle; a desolate wilderness; a desolate house.
  2. Laid waste; in a ruinous condition; neglected; destroyed; as, desolate altars.
  3. Left alone; forsaken; lonely; comfortless.
  4. Lost to shame; dissolute.
  5. Destitute of; lacking in.
  6. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the flood.
  7. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a fire desolates a city.

Desolate Quotations

How many desolate creatures on the earth have learnt the simple dues of fellowship and social comfort, in a hospital.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The possession of wealth leads almost inevitably to its abuse. It is the chief, if not the only, cause of evils which desolate this world below. The thirst for gold is responsible for the most regrettable lapses into sin.
Jules Verne

And so we remained till the red of the dawn began to fall through the snow gloom. I was desolate and afraid, and full of woe and terror. But when that beautiful sun began to climb the horizon life was to me again.
Bram Stoker

Armstrong described the lunar surface as 'beautiful.' I thought to myself, 'It's not really beautiful. It's magnificent that we're here, but what a desolate place we are visiting.'
Buzz Aldrin

Music I heard with you was more than music, and bread I broke with you was more than bread. Now that I am without you, all is desolate; all that was once so beautiful is dead.
Conrad Aiken
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Desolate Translations

desolate in Dutch is troosteloos, somber, naargeestig
desolate in French is saccager
desolate in Hungarian is vigasztalan
desolate in Italian is desolare
desolate in Portuguese is desolado
desolate in Spanish is desolado, desolar
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