Word of the DaySaturday, July 21, 2012
\DES-uh-leyt\ , verb;
To lay waste; devastate.
To deprive of inhabitants; depopulate.
To forsake or abandon.
Barren or laid waste; devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape.
Deprived or destitute of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited.
Solitary; lonely: a desolate place.
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
Desolate is derived from the Latin word dēsōlātus meaning "forsaken" from the root sōlāre meaning "to make lonely."
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