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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

Among young people, often a key factor in them committing suicide is the trauma of transient relationships. They throw themselves into a friendship or network of friendships, then it collapses and they're desolate.
Vincent Nichols

For me, growing up and going to school and not seeing any anti-bullying posters and not hearing people talk about bullying was very desolate.
Shane Koyczan

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

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

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
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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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