Definition of Desolation

1. Noun. The state of being decayed or destroyed.

Exact synonyms: Devastation
Generic synonyms: Deterioration, Impairment
Specialized synonyms: Ruin, Ruination, Blight
Derivative terms: Desolate, Devastate



2. Noun. A bleak and desolate atmosphere. "The nakedness of the landscape"
Exact synonyms: Bareness, Bleakness, Nakedness
Generic synonyms: Gloom, Gloominess, Glumness
Derivative terms: Bleak, Bleak, Bleak, Desolate

3. Noun. Sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned.
Exact synonyms: Forlornness, Loneliness
Generic synonyms: Sadness, Unhappiness
Derivative terms: Desolate, Lonely

4. Noun. An event that results in total destruction.
Exact synonyms: Devastation
Generic synonyms: Ruin, Ruination
Derivative terms: Desolate, Desolate, Devastate

Definition of Desolation

1. n. The act of desolating or laying waste; destruction of inhabitants; depopulation.

Definition of Desolation

1. Noun. The act of desolating or laying waste; destruction of inhabitants; depopulation. ¹

2. Noun. The state of being desolated or laid waste; ruin; solitariness; destitution; gloominess. ¹

3. Noun. A place or country wasted and forsaken. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Desolation

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Desolation

desocialize
desocialized
desocializes
desocializing
desogestrel
desolate
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desolately
desolateness
desolatenesses
desolater
desolaters
desolates
desolating
desolatingly
desolation (current term)
desolations
desolator
desolators
desolatory
desolder
desolvate
desolvated
desolvates
desolvating
desolvation
desolvations
desolventizing
desomorphine
desonide

Literary usage of Desolation

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1. A Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography by Sir William Smith, John Mee Fuller (1893)
"But the i of it : their voice shall sing in the windows : desolation shall be in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work .... how is she become ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"SPIRITUAL STATES OF CONSOLATION AND desolation.—Consolation and desolation may be said to be phases of the various states or stages of the spiritual life, ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1854)
"[Gibbon himself felt how fallacious and untrustworthy the authorities were, from which he drew his picture of the desolation of Africa. ..."

4. Picturesque History of Yorkshire: Being an Account of the History by Joseph Smith Fletcher (1900)
"... of the awfulness of the rushing waters at the Strid, and of the weird silences in the Valley of desolation, of the views of mountain, moor, ..."

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