[adjective des-uh-lit; verb des-uh-leyt]
- barren or laid waste; devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape.
- deprived or destitute of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited.
- solitary; lonely: a desolate place.
- having the feeling of being abandoned by friends or by hope; forlorn.
- dreary; dismal; gloomy: desolate prospects.
- to lay waste; devastate.
- to deprive of inhabitants; depopulate.
- to make disconsolate.
- to forsake or abandon.
Origin of desolate
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1. ravaged. 2. desert. 4. lonesome, lost; miserable, wretched, woebegone, woeful, inconsolable, cheerless, hopeless. 6. ravage, ruin. 8. sadden, depress. 9. desert.
4. Desolate, disconsolate, forlorn suggest one who is in a sad and wretched condition. The desolate person is deprived of human consolation, relationships, or presence: desolate and despairing. The disconsolate person is aware of the efforts of others to console and comfort, but is unable to be relieved or cheered by them: She remained disconsolate even in the midst of friends. The forlorn person is lost, deserted, or forsaken by friends: wretched and forlorn in a strange city.
4. delighted, happy.
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Examples from the Web for desolately
I could not prompt him to go on, but he presently did so himself, desolately enough.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
"We are now about to get all the news of the neighbourhood," she said desolately.Love at Paddington
W. Pett Ridge
"The house won't be like a home without you," said he desolately.Our Square and the People in It
Samuel Hopkins Adams
The square was silent; desolately silent, as only a suburban square can be.Basil
For, methinks, I have been kept a great while from you, desolately alone.An English Garner (4 of 8)
- uninhabited; deserted
- made uninhabitable; laid waste; devastated
- without friends, hope, or encouragement; forlorn, wretched, or abandoned
- gloomy or dismal; depressing
- to deprive of inhabitants; depopulate
- to make barren or lay waste; devastate
- to make wretched or forlorn
- to forsake or abandon
C14: from Latin dēsōlāre to leave alone, from de- + sōlāre to make lonely, lay waste, from sōlus alone
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Word Origin and History for desolately
late 14c., from desolate (adj.). Related: Desolated; desolating.
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