Part of speech: noun

The state of being desolate; ioneliness; dreariness; afflication.

Part of speech: noun

A desolate region; a waste.

Part of speech: noun

The act of making desolate; devastation.

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Usage examples "desolation":

  1. It had the desolation of a spot where life has been and where it is no more. - "Country Neighbors", Alice Brown.
  2. At last, however, impatience and the sense of desolation conquered, and he rode over to Raby Hall. - "Put Yourself in His Place", Charles Reade.
  3. Somehow it seemed cruel to feel so young, so hopeful, so capable of happiness, with such desolation close at hand. - "The Perpetual Curate", Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant.