(adjective, verb)


1. providing no shelter or sustenance

- the desolate surface of the moon

Similar word(s): inhospitable, bare, barren, bleak, stark

2. crushed by grief

- depressed and desolate of soul

- a low desolate wail

Similar word(s): disconsolate, inconsolable, unconsolable

Sentences with desolate as an adjective:

- a desolate isle; a desolate wilderness; a desolate house

- desolate altars

- He was left desolate by the early death of his wife.


1. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

Similar word(s): abandon, desert, forsake

Definition categories: cognition, leave

2. reduce in population

Similar word(s): depopulate

Definition categories: change, reduce, shrink

3. cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

Similar word(s): devastate, ravage, scourge, waste

Definition categories: change, destroy, ruin