- 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
Synonyms for desolateSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for desolate
Related Words for desolatelydesperately, sadly, dispiritedly, cynically, darkly, dejectedly, desolately, despairingly, despondently, disconsolately, dismally, emptily, gloomily, pessimistically
Examples from the Web for desolately
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for desolate
late 14c., from desolate (adj.). Related: Desolated; desolating.