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Definition of DESOLATE

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Desolate \Des"o*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Desolated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Desolating}.]
     1. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the flood. [1913 Webster]

     2. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a fire desolates a city. [1913 Webster]

              Constructed in the very heart of a desolating war.
                                                    --Sparks. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Desolate \Des"o*late\, a. [L. desolatus, p. p. of desolare to leave alone, forsake; de- + solare to make lonely, solus alone. See {Sole}, a.]
     1. Destitute or deprived of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited; hence, gloomy; as, a desolate isle; a desolate wilderness; a desolate house. [1913 Webster]

              I will make Jerusalem . . . a den of dragons, and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.                           --Jer. ix. 11. [1913 Webster]

              And the silvery marish flowers that throng The desolate creeks and pools among.  --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     2. Laid waste; in a ruinous condition; neglected; destroyed; as, desolate altars. [1913 Webster]

     3. Left alone; forsaken; lonely; comfortless.
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              Have mercy upon, for I am desolate.   --Ps. xxv. 16. [1913 Webster]

              Voice of the poor and desolate.       --Keble. [1913 Webster]

     4. Lost to shame; dissolute. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     5. Destitute of; lacking in. [Obs.]
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              I were right now of tales desolate.   --Chaucer.

     Syn: Desert; uninhabited; lonely; waste.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

200 Moby Thesaurus words for "desolate": abandoned, acarpous, acheronian, afflict, aggrieve, agonize, alone, anguish, annihilate, arid, bare, barren, black, bleak, break down, bring to ruin, bring to tears, celibate, cheerless, childless, comfortless, condemn, confound, consume, crush, crushed, cut up, damn, dark, daunt, deal destruction, decimate, deep-troubled, defenseless, deject, dejected, demolish, depopulate, depredate, depress, depressed, desecrate, desert, deserted, desole, despoil, despondent, destitute, destroy, destroyed, devastate, devastated, devour, disconsolate, discourage, discouraged, dishearten, dismal, dismay, dispeople, dispirit, dispirited, dissolve, distressed, down, downcast, downhearted, drained, draw tears, drear, dreary, dried-up, dry, embitter, empty, engorge, excruciate, exhausted, fallow, fatherless, forlorn, forsaken, friendless, fruitless, funereal, gaunt, gelded, gloomy, gobble, gobble up, godforsaken, grieve, gut, gut with fire, havoc, heart-stricken, heart-struck, heartsick, heartsore, helpless, homeless, hopeless, impotent, incinerate, inconsolable, ineffectual, infecund, infertile, inundate, isolated, issueless, jejune, joyless, kithless, lay in ruins, lay waste, leached, lonely, low-spirited, melancholy, menopausal, miserable, motherless, mournful, murky, neglected, nonfertile, nonproducing, nonproductive, nonprolific, obliterate, oppress, outcast, overwhelm, pillage, poor, poverty-stricken, prostrate, ravage, ravaged, raze, remote, ruin, ruinate, ruined, sack, sad, sadden, shipwreck, sick, sick at heart, sine prole, solitary, somber, sorrow, sorrowful, soul-sick, spiritless, spoliate, sterile, stricken, sucked dry, suicidal, swallow up, teemless, throw into disorder, torment, torture, unconsolable, uncouth, uncultivated, unfertile, unfrequented, unfriended, unfruitful, unhappy, uninhabited, unleash destruction, unleash the hurricane, unoccupied, unpeople, unplowed, unproductive, unprolific, unsown, untilled, upheave, vacant, vandalize, vaporize, virgin, waste, wasted, without issue, woebegone, woeful, wrack, wreak havoc, wreck, wretched


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