verb (used with object), des·o·lat·ed, des·o·lat·ing.
- desmoulins, camille,
Origin of desolate
Examples from the Web for desolately
Joy got the train with a desolately long interval of waiting at the station.The Wishing-Ring Man|Margaret Widdemer
Desolately she wandered up the secret trail to Wildenai's bower.Their Mariposa Legend|Charlotte Herr
"We are now about to get all the news of the neighbourhood," she said desolately.Love at Paddington|W. Pett Ridge
Notwithstanding a night as delightful as could be imagined, to-day it rained nearly all day most desolately.An Artilleryman's Diary|Jenkin Lloyd Jones
Calling to one another, it was not long before he saw the child wandering forlornly and desolately in the mist.
verb (ˈdɛsəˌleɪt) (tr)
Word Origin for desolate
late 14c., from desolate (adj.). Related: Desolated; desolating.
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.