Origin: 1325–75; Middle English Related forms
< Latin dēsōlātus
forsaken, past participle of dēsōlāre,
equivalent to dē- de-
to make lonely, derivative of sōlus sole1
; see -ate1
desolater, desolator, noun
Can be confused: desolate, dissolute
(see synonym study at the current entry).
1. ravaged. 2. desert. 4. lonesome, lost; miserable, wretched, woebegone, woeful, inconsolable, cheerless, hopeless. Desolate, disconsolate, forlorn suggest one who is in a sad and wretched condition. The desolate person is deprived of human consolation, relationships, or presence: desolate and despairing. The disconsolate person is aware of the efforts of others to console and comfort, but is unable to be relieved or cheered by them: She remained disconsolate even in the midst of friends. The forlorn person is lost, deserted, or forsaken by friends: wretched and forlorn in a strange city. 6. ravage, ruin. 8. sadden, depress. 9. desert.
4. delighted, happy.