Definition of desolation in English:

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desolation

Pronunciation: /dɛsəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/

noun

[mass noun]
1A state of complete emptiness or destruction: the stony desolation of the desert
More example sentences
  • What once had been a city was a desert now, a vast field of emptiness and desolation.
  • It brought images of desolation and destruction that most people had never seen directly into their living rooms for the first time.
  • All around them desolation and destruction saturated the crumbled and falling buildings on each side of the street.
Synonyms
aridity, sterility;
wildness;
isolation, solitude, solitariness, loneliness, remoteness
2Great unhappiness or loneliness: in choked desolation, she watched him leave
More example sentences
  • A solitary singer tramps through a winter landscape, seeing in the frozen streams and bare trees a reflection of his own loneliness and desolation.
  • The incidents that had occurred during the past few days only served to increase her sense of desolation and loneliness.
  • In fact, there's much a sense of desolation and loneliness permeating the film.
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Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin desolatio(n-), from Latin desolare 'to abandon' (see desolate).

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