AskDefine | Define desolate

Dictionary Definition

desolate 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, godforsaken, lorn]
3 crushed by grief; "depressed and desolate of soul"; "a low desolate wail"
4 made uninhabitable; "upon this blasted heath"- Shakespeare; "a wasted landscape" [syn: blasted, desolated, devastated, ravaged, ruined, wasted]

Verb

1 leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; "The mother deserted her children" [syn: abandon, forsake, desert]
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, ravage, scourge]

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English

Pronunciation

Translations

deserted
barren / lifeless
unfit for habitation
dismal
hopeless

Verb

  1. To deprive somewhere of inhabitants; to devastate or lay waste somewhere; to abandon or forsake something; to make someone sad, forlorn and hopeless.

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Italian

Adjective

desolate
  1. Feminine plural of desolato

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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