verb (used with object), des·o·lat·ed, des·o·lat·ing.
- desmoulins, camille,
Origin of desolate
Examples from the Web for desolate
Louisa also devotes much of her time to feeding underprivileged children in the desolate Kurland Village in South Africa.These Female Contemporaries Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf|Louisa Treger|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Here, only the twisting grey concrete under his tires disturbed the desolate wild.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo|Nina Strochlic|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was visiting San Francisco and had questions about Desolate Angel.
But Nev had been betrayed by his church, and his heart-broken death left his family poor and desolate.
Do you remember the scene in which the mayor and his cronies take Dmitri to this desolate place and threaten him with a gun?Inside ‘Leviathan’: Russian Filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Award-Winning Anti-Putin Cannes Film|Richard Porton|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ancient city presented a strange and desolate appearance on the succeeding morning, in the neighbourhood of the public square.The Cavaliers of Virginia, vol. 1 of 2|William A. Caruthers
Sometimes, too, they were found in deep forests, and many travellers are supposed to find them in desolate mountain places.Fairy Tales; Their Origin and Meaning|John Thackray Bunce
He pictured his country ravaged, broken, desolate, buffeted like a shuttlecock between the rackets of fate.The Blood Red Dawn|Charles Caldwell Dobie
And so she goes beyond the seas, leaving her parents as desolate as were Isaac and Rebecca of old.Janet of the Dunes|Harriet T. Comstock
He only knew that Binhart was dead, and that he himself was groping his way out into the night, a broken and desolate man.The Shadow|Arthur Stringer
verb (ˈdɛsəˌleɪt) (tr)
Word Origin for desolate
mid-14c., "without companions," also "uninhabited," from Latin desolatus, past participle of desolare "leave alone, desert," from de- "completely" (see de-) + solare "make lonely," from solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)). Sense of "joyless" is 15c.
late 14c., from desolate (adj.). Related: Desolated; desolating.