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Desolate meaning

desolate - 8 dictionary results

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

desolate - examples of usage

  1. But why, when everything's turned out just as one always hoped it would turn out, why then can one do nothing but cry, nothing but feel a desolate old woman whose life's been a failure, and now is nearly over, and age is so cruel? - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. She lay weeping, moaning, at intervals, repeating that desolate phrase, " What's the use? - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. Yet through all, he was utterly, changelessly desolate. - "Son of Power", Will Levington Comfort and Zamin Ki Dost.
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