Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of desolating.
  • n. The state of being desolate.
  • n. Devastation; ruin: a drought that brought desolation to the region.
  • n. The state of being abandoned or forsaken; loneliness: a sense of utter desolation following the death of his parents.
  • n. Wretchedness; misery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of desolating or laying waste; destruction of inhabitants; depopulation.
  • n. The state of being desolated or laid waste; ruin; solitariness; destitution; gloominess.
  • n. A place or country wasted and forsaken.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of desolating or laying waste; destruction of inhabitants; depopulation.
  • n. The state of being desolated or laid waste; ruin; solitariness; destitution; gloominess.
  • n. A place or country wasted and forsaken.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of desolating; destruction or expulsion of inhabitants; devastation; a laying waste.
  • n. A desolate place; a waste, devastated, or lifeless place or region.
  • n. A desolate or desolated condition or state; destruction; ruin.
  • n. Personal affliction; the state of being desolate or forsaken; sadness.
  • n. Synonyms Ravage.
  • n. 3 and Misery, wretchedness, gloom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
  • n. an event that results in total destruction
  • n. a bleak and desolate atmosphere
  • n. the state of being decayed or destroyed

Etymologies

Ultimately from Latin dēsōlātiō. (Wiktionary)

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