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desolate

[ adjective des-uh-lit; verb des-uh-leyt ]
/ adjective 藞d蓻s 蓹 l瑟t; verb 藞d蓻s 蓹藢le瑟t /
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adjective
verb (used with object), des路o路lat路ed, des路o路lat路ing.
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Origin of desolate

1325鈥75; Middle English <Latin d膿s艒l膩tus forsaken, past participle of d膿s艒l膩re, equivalent to d膿-de- + s艒l膩re to make lonely, derivative of s艒lussole1; see -ate1

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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.

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH desolate

desolate , dissolute
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British Dictionary definitions for desolate

desolate

adjective (藞d蓻s蓹l瑟t)
verb (藞d蓻s蓹藢le瑟t) (tr)

Derived forms of desolate

desolater or desolator, noundesolately, adverbdesolateness, noun

Word Origin for desolate

C14: from Latin d膿s艒l膩re to leave alone, from de- + s艒l膩re to make lonely, lay waste, from s艒lus alone
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