des·o·late /ˈdɛsələt, ˈdɛzə-/
Des·o·late v. t. [imp. & p. p. Desolated; p. pr. & vb. n. Desolating.]
1. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the flood.
2. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a fire desolates a city.
Constructed in the very heart of a desolating war. --Sparks.
1. Destitute or deprived of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited; hence, gloomy; as, a desolate isle; a desolate wilderness; a desolate house.
I will make Jerusalem . . . a den of dragons, and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant. --Jer. ix. 11.
And the silvery marish flowers that throng
The desolate creeks and pools among. --Tennyson.
2. Laid waste; in a ruinous condition; neglected; destroyed; as, desolate altars.
3. Left alone; forsaken; lonely; comfortless.
Have mercy upon, for I am desolate. --Ps. xxv. 16.
Voice of the poor and desolate. --Keble.
4. Lost to shame; dissolute. [Obs.]
5. Destitute of; lacking in. [Obs.]
I were right now of tales desolate. --Chaucer.
Syn: -- Desert; uninhabited; lonely; waste.
adj 1: providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills";
"barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the
high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a
stark landscape" [syn: bare, barren, bleak, stark]
2: pitiable in circumstances especially through abandonment;
"desolate and despairing"; "left forlorn" [syn: forlorn,
3: crushed by grief; "depressed and desolate of soul"; "a low
4: made uninhabitable; "upon this blasted heath"- Shakespeare;
"a wasted landscape" [syn: blasted, desolated, devastated,
ravaged, ruined, wasted]
v 1: leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the
lurch; "The mother deserted her children" [syn: abandon,
2: reduce in population; "The epidemic depopulated the
countryside" [syn: depopulate]
3: devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside
after the invasion" [syn: lay waste to, waste, devastate,