verb (used with object), des·o·lat·ed, des·o·lat·ing.
Origin of desolate
Examples from the Web for desolateness
The sadness, the loneliness, the desolateness of this place weighed upon the camp-fire the same as it did upon my heart.Tales of lonely trails|Zane Grey
The plain looked bleak and barren, and the cold which our travellers now felt added to the desolateness of the scene.The Forest Exiles|Mayne Reid
His desolateness at an hotel or boarding-house is proverbial.
A sense of desolateness was very strong on her, and that look in his dark eyes had seemed to blast her.The Three Brides|Charlotte M. Yonge
There was a kind of desolateness in our life, though we did not understand it at the time.The Two Sides of the Shield|Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for desolateness
verb (ˈdɛsəˌleɪt) (tr)
Word Origin for desolate
Word Origin and History for desolateness (1 of 2)
late 14c., from desolate (adj.). Related: Desolated; desolating.