Desolate

Definition of Desolate

Des´o`late
a.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.
5.Destitute of; lacking in.
I were right now of tales desolate.
- Chaucer.
v. t.1.To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the flood.
[imp. & p. p. Desolated; p. pr. & vb. n. Desolating.]
2.To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a fire desolates a city.
Constructed in the very heart of a desolating war.
- Sparks.

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