[adjective des-uh-lit; verb des-uh-leyt]
- 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 desolate
4. Desolate, disconsolate, forlorn suggest one who is in a sad and wretched condition. The desolate person is deprived of human consolation, relationships, or presence: desolate and despairing. The disconsolate person is aware of the efforts of others to console and comfort, but is unable to be relieved or cheered by them: She remained disconsolate even in the midst of friends. The forlorn person is lost, deserted, or forsaken by friends: wretched and forlorn in a strange city.
Antonyms for desolate
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Historical Examples of desolator
- 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
C14: from Latin dēsōlāre to leave alone, from de- + sōlāre to make lonely, lay waste, from sōlus alone
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late 14c., from desolate (adj.). Related: Desolated; desolating.
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