Despite all the honors and blandishments of her position, the old feeling of desolateness came upon her.
The desolateness of the poor girls had perhaps been greater than their grief.
What is there in this sound that suggests the tenderness of spring, the despair of a summer night, the desolateness of young love?
Its newness and desolateness of appearance revolted me, just then.
There was something in their wild cawing, in the desolateness of the fields, in the rush of the cold river, that suited his mood.
His desolateness at an hotel or boarding-house is proverbial.
It was a young horse, seeking in its desolateness the neighbourhood of a human being.
"Which art in heaven—" but heaven was so far away and looked so cruelly serene to her in her desolateness and danger!
There was a kind of desolateness in our life, though we did not understand it at the time.
They are found in the desolateness which is felt in many home circles, in bidding adieu to husbands, sons, and brothers.
late 14c., from desolate (adj.). Related: Desolated; desolating.