desolation

[ des-uh-ley-shuh n ]
/ ˌdɛs əˈleɪ ʃən /

noun

Origin of desolation

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin dēsōlātiōn- (stem of dēsōlātiō) abandonment, equivalent to dēsōlāt(us) (see desolate) + -iōn- -ion
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desolation

/ (ˌdɛsəˈleɪʃən) /

noun

the act of desolating or the state of being desolated; ruin or devastation
solitary misery; wretchedness
a desolate region; barren waste
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