Word of the Day
Saturday, July 21, 2012

Definitions for desolate

  1. To lay waste; devastate.
  2. To deprive of inhabitants; depopulate.
  3. To make disconsolate.

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Citations for desolate
So she hastened to Sing Chando and prayed him not to desolate the earth... Rev. P. O. Bodding, Folklore of the Santal Parganas
Could he bring himself to desolate her by a refusal? Arnold Bennett, Clayhanger
Origin of desolate
Desolate is derived from the Latin word dēsōlātus meaning "forsaken" from the root sōlāre meaning "to make lonely."