Origin of desolation
Examples from the Web for desolation
It is the desolation of exiled Tibetans that dominates the tenor here, but it is not the only one.
As you work through the collection, the scenes become more stagnant, more still, as desolation takes over.David Lynch Goes From Film to Photos with ‘The Factory Photographs’|Nico Hines|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some people assume that if you can't speak or hear, you live in a cage of silence and desolation.
She vividly describes the desolation and frustration of incarceration and puts Knox in every scene.
Surrounded as they were with desolation, dangers and misery, they will be remembered for their worth and devotion to duty.The Red Cross in Peace and War|Clara Barton
Together they made a mocking and a desolation of her love and her life.The Cab of the Sleeping Horse|John Reed Scott
The Venetian plain immediately east of the Piave is a scene of desolation.
How small, how insignificant they seemed amid this hungry emptiness of desolation.Incredible Adventures|Algernon Blackwood
Priscilla had not heard from Travers in ten days, and this added to her sense of desolation.The Place Beyond the Winds|Harriet T. Comstock
late 14c., "action of laying waste," also "sorrow, grief," from Old French desolacion (12c.) "desolation, devastation, hopelessness, despair," from Church Latin desolationem (nominative desolatio), noun of action from past participle stem of desolare (see desolate (adj.)). Meaning "condition of being ruined or wasted" is from early 15c.