Adjective "desolate" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


(of a place) uninhabited and giving an impression of bleak emptiness.
  1. 'It was a barren, desolate place, but I could see a city in the distance.'
  2. 'I hold true to my belief that there is beauty in even the most desolate places.'
  3. 'Fortunately on this day the place is desolate, devoid of any human sign.'
  4. 'It's strange that someone who was born in London could feel at home in such a desolate place, but I like it.'
  5. 'From what they could see it was a desolate place, huge walls of reddish rock on all sides of them, with trees growing thickly on top of the cliffs.'
  6. 'Finally, they stopped, seeing the sun almost touching the horizon as they now stood in a desolate area, a barren wasteland.'
  7. 'There was no need for guards at the wall because there was no way out and it was a desolate place outside.'
  8. 'The smoke she'd seen, it came from here, this desolate place.'
  9. 'The world sees the desert as a desolate land offering only hardship and discomfort.'
  10. 'She was now staring at a bleak and desolate landscape with nothing in the horizon but impassable mountains and valleys.'
Feeling or showing great unhappiness or loneliness.
  1. 'Eventually, Jasmine's more volatile emotions faded away of their own accord to be replaced by a feeling of desolate loneliness.'
  2. 'Bereavement is feeling grief, feeling desolate, or feeling deprived after the loss of a loved one.'
  3. 'He missed his last session because of family commitments, this left me feeling desolate and undermined.'
  4. 'Lyall stood in the middle of the yard, desolate and bereft, not sure what to do or think.'
  5. 'I have never seen a more disconsolate and desolate group than the National Party after that speech.'


Make (a place) appear bleakly empty.
  1. 'Amazingly, this visual effect neither turns the scene arty nor drains it of its excitement, but it does suggest that none of this violence has anything to do with the real violence that destroys people and desolates the earth.'
  2. 'The Church defined heresy, and repressed it severely, as when Pope Innocent III launched the armed Crusade that brutally repressed the Albigenses and desolated much of southern France.'
  3. 'Finally, in the far distance, the plague's desolating effects are full-blown: the city has been abandoned by the able-bodied, and civilized communication is no longer possible.'
Make (someone) feel utterly wretched and unhappy.
  1. 'No fellow human being could be surprised, wrote Edward to King Alfonso as one father to another, if we were inwardly desolated by the sting of this bitter grief, for we are human, too.'
  2. 'It made me realise how utterly desolate I had felt over the last few weeks.'
  3. 'The death of his only son while on service desolated him: ‘My grief has condemned me to hard labour for the rest of my life.’'

More definitions

1. barren or laid waste; devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape.

2. deprived or destitute of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited.

3. solitary; lonely: a desolate place.

4. having the feeling of being abandoned by friends or by hope; forlorn.

5. dreary; dismal; gloomy: desolate prospects. verb (used with object), desolated, desolating.

6. to lay waste; devastate.

7. to deprive of inhabitants; depopulate.

8. to make disconsolate. 9. to forsake or abandon.|

More examples(as adjective)

"teams can be desolate at defeats."

"people can be desolate at times."

"people can be desolate about chips."

"people can be desolate."

"places can be desolate."

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Late Middle English: from Latin desolatus ‘abandoned’, past participle of desolare, from de- ‘thoroughly’ + solus ‘alone’.