De-solation

desolation

[des-uh-ley-shuhn]
noun
1.
an act or instance of desolating.
2.
the state of being desolated.
3.
devastation; ruin.
5.
dreariness; barrenness.
6.
deprivation of companionship; loneliness.
7.
sorrow; grief; woe.
8.
a desolate place.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin dēsōlātiōn- (stem of dēsōlātiō) abandonment, equivalent to dēsōlāt(us) (see desolate) + -iōn- -ion

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desolation (ˌdɛsəˈleɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of desolating or the state of being desolated; ruin or devastation
2.  solitary misery; wretchedness
3.  a desolate region; barren waste

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desolation
late 14c., "action of laying waste," also "sorrow, grief," from Fr. désolation (12c.), from L. desolationem, noun of action from desolare (see desolate). Meaning "condition of being ruined or wasted" is from early 15c.
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