What does the word desolation mean?

Usage examples for desolation

  1. At last, however, impatience and the sense of desolation conquered, and he rode over to Raby Hall. – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  2. Somehow it seemed cruel to feel so young, so hopeful, so capable of happiness, with such desolation close at hand. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant