Definitions of desolate

  1. 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"
  2. reduce in population; " The epidemic depopulated the countryside"
  3. pitiable in circumstances especially through abandonment; " desolate and despairing"; " left forlorn"
  4. crushed by grief; " depressed and desolate of soul"; " a low desolate wail"
  5. devastate or ravage; " The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
  6. Laid waste; in a ruinous condition; neglected; destroyed; as, desolate altars.
  7. Left alone; forsaken; lonely; comfortless.
  8. Lost to shame; dissolute.
  9. Destitute of; lacking in.
  10. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the flood.
  11. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a fire desolates a city.
  12. To lay waste; deprive of inhabitants; overwhelm with sorrow; forsake.
  13. Deprived of inhabitants; solitary; laid waste; abandoned; miserable.
  14. Desolately.
  15. Desolateness.
  16. To make solitary: to deprive of inhabitants: to lay waste.
  17. Solitary: destitute of inhabitants: laid waste.
  18. Solitary; waste.
  19. To lay waste; depopulate.
  20. To lay waste; make desolate.
  21. Laid waste, as a country; deserted; abandoned.
  22. Without friends; forlorn; afflicted; lonely.
  23. Destitute of inhabitants; laid waste; solitary; deserted.
  24. To deprive of inhabitants; to lay waste.
  25. Uninhabited; desert; solitary; in a ruinous condition; without a companion; comfortless.
  26. To deprive of inhabitants; to lay waste; to ruin.

Usage examples for desolate

  1. 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)
  2. The scene, though lovely in the eyes of the children, was desolate to a degree. – Kitty Trenire by Mabel Quiller-Couch
  3. 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
  4. The street was still desolate; no help was at hand. – Antonina by Wilkie Collins
  5. 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
  6. The halls of Sternfels were desolate as those of Liebenstein. – The Pilgrims Of The Rhine by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  7. I felt terribly desolate. – The Dark Forest by Hugh Walpole
  8. 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
  9. A pine is lonely and desolate, if there are no smaller trees around it. – Flower of the Dusk by Myrtle Reed
  10. 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
  11. The whole region was desolate. – The Story of the "9th King's" in France by Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
  12. 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
  13. A dark gloomy place it was, dilapidated and desolate. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  14. The valley, as I have said, was desolate. – Tom Swift and his Giant Cannon or, The Longest Shots on Record by Victor Appleton
  15. A dull and desolate existence? – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  16. And Leothric saw that the land was marsh and desolate. – The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany
  17. And the poor, he sick, and the desolate, united in blessing what heaven had already blessed- this happy Marriage. – Marriage by Susan Edmonstone Ferrier
  18. 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
  19. 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