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Definitions of desolate

  1. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; " The mother deserted her children"
  2. providing no shelter or sustenance; " bare rocky hills"; " barren lands"; " the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; " the desolate surface of the moon"; " a stark landscape"
  3. made uninhabitable; " upon this blasted heath"- Shakespeare; " a wasted landscape"
  4. reduce in population; " The epidemic depopulated the countryside"
  5. pitiable in circumstances especially through abandonment; " desolate and despairing"; " left forlorn"
  6. crushed by grief; " depressed and desolate of soul"; " a low desolate wail"
  7. devastate or ravage; " The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
  8. Destitute or deprived of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited; hence, gloomy; as, a desolate isle; a desolate wilderness; a desolate house.
  9. Laid waste; in a ruinous condition; neglected; destroyed; as, desolate altars.
  10. Left alone; forsaken; lonely; comfortless.
  11. Lost to shame; dissolute.
  12. Destitute of; lacking in.
  13. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the flood.
  14. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a fire desolates a city.
  15. To lay waste; deprive of inhabitants; overwhelm with sorrow; forsake.
  16. Deprived of inhabitants; solitary; laid waste; abandoned; miserable.
  17. Desolately.
  18. Desolateness.
  19. To make solitary: to deprive of inhabitants: to lay waste.
  20. Solitary: destitute of inhabitants: laid waste.
  21. Solitary; waste.
  22. To lay waste; depopulate.
  23. To lay waste; make desolate.
  24. Laid waste, as a country; deserted; abandoned.
  25. Without friends; forlorn; afflicted; lonely.
  26. Destitute of inhabitants; laid waste; solitary; deserted.
  27. To deprive of inhabitants; to lay waste.
  28. Uninhabited; desert; solitary; in a ruinous condition; without a companion; comfortless.
  29. To deprive of inhabitants; to lay waste; to ruin.
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Quotes of desolate

  1. 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
  2. How many desolate creatures on the earth have learnt the simple dues of fellowship and social comfort, in a hospital. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  3. And I was desolate and sick of an old passion. – Ernest Dowson
  4. When our forefathers put down roots in desolate places, the thing that allowed them to survive was that they had a faith to see them through the tough times. – Lee Greenwood
  5. If you live for your children, they may be smitten down and leave you desolate or, what is far worse, they may desert you and leave you worse than childless in a cold and unfeeling world. – Matthew Simpson
  6. 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

Usage examples for desolate

  1. And the poor, he sick, and the desolate united in blessing what heaven had already blessed- this happy Marriage. – Marriage by Susan Edmonstone Ferrier
  2. The valley, as I have said, was desolate – Tom Swift and his Giant Cannon or, The Longest Shots on Record by Victor Appleton
  3. So I can wait in patience who must not wait for long, though my heart is broken and I am desolate – Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed by H. Rider Haggard
  4. But the revolution was over and she had a desolate lonely freedom which struck her as not the most cynical thing in the world only because Selina's behaviour was more so. – A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly by Henry James
  5. There was a desolate sound in his voice- a look of misery in his eyes, which brought a sigh from Mary. – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  6. A pine is lonely and desolate if there are no smaller trees around it. – Flower of the Dusk by Myrtle Reed
  7. A dull and desolate existence? – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  8. The arrangement of poles and the desolate appearance of the tents scattered here and there are true to life. –  by
  9. Suddenly she pressed her lips upon the glass which reflected her own image, so sad, so pale, so desolate – Jacqueline, v1 by Th. Bentzon (Mme. Blanc)
  10. The scene, though lovely in the eyes of the children, was desolate to a degree. – Kitty Trenire by Mabel Quiller-Couch
  11. For the rest of her life, she would mourn this stranger long after she had left behind this desolate far- away place, in which he must forever remain buried. – Si'Wren of the Patriarchs by Roland Cheney
  12. A dark gloomy place it was, dilapidated and desolate – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  13. I felt terribly desolate – The Dark Forest by Hugh Walpole
  14. The whole region was desolate – The Story of the "9th King's" in France by Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
  15. The home- coming of the heir of Maxfield created a welcome flutter of excitement among the desolate occupants of the manor- house and their neighbours. – Roger Ingleton, Minor by Talbot Baines Reed
  16. A ship afterwards sailed in search of our companions on the desolate island, and brought them away. – The Eventful History Of The Mutiny And Piratical Seizure Of H.M.S. Bounty: Its Cause And Consequences by Sir John Barrow
  17. The girl resumed her narrative: Suddenly there dropped down out of the sky strange gigantic enemies, armed with mysterious weapons, and began to slay and burn and make desolate – Edison's Conquest of Mars by Garrett Putman Serviss
  18. And Leothric saw that the land was marsh and desolate – The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany
  19. The halls of Sternfels were desolate as those of Liebenstein. – The Pilgrims Of The Rhine by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  20. The street was still desolate no help was at hand. – Antonina by Wilkie Collins

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