- 1A state of complete emptiness or destruction: the stony desolation of the desertMore 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.
- 1.1Anguished misery or loneliness: in choked desolation, she watched him leaveMore 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.
late Middle English: from late Latin desolatio(n-), from Latin desolare 'to abandon' (see desolate).