desolate

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. bleak, barren, inhospitable, unpeopled; lonely, abandoned, forlorn; comfortless, miserable. See absence, seclusion, dejection. —v. t. waste, depopulate, devastate. See destruction.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Left unused]
Syn. deserted, forsaken, uninhabited, laid waste; see abandoned 1 , bleak 1 , isolated .
2. [Gloomy]
Syn. forlorn, downcast, melancholy, dolorous; see dismal 1 , sad 1 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. barren abandoned, forsaken, deserted, lonely, uninhabited, isolated, solitary, empty, bleak, remote, *godforsaken, stark.
2. forlorn wretched, bereft, abandoned, friendless, forsaken, lonesome, alone, isolated, estranged, despondent, miserable, downhearted.
ANT.: 1. crowded, inhabited, mobbed. 2. happy, cheerful, befriended
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Empty of people: deserted, forlorn, godforsaken, lonely, lonesome, unfrequented. See FULL. 2. Dark and depressing: black, bleak, blue, cheerless, dark, dismal, dreary, gloomy, glum, joyless, somber, tenebrific. See HAPPY, LIGHT. 3. Having been given up and left alone: abandoned, bereft, derelict, deserted, forlorn, forsaken, lorn. See KEEP. 4. Dejected due to the awareness of being alone: forlorn, lonely, lonesome, lorn. See HAPPY. 5. In low spirits: blue, dejected, depressed, dispirited, down, downcast, downhearted, dull, dysphoric, gloomy, heavy-hearted, low, melancholic, melancholy, sad, spiritless, tristful, unhappy, wistful. Idiom: down at (or in) the mouth. See HAPPY. II verb To destroy completely as or as if by conquering: devastate, ravage, waste. Idiom: lay waste. See HELP.

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  • Desolate — Des o*late, a. [L. desolatus, p. p. of desolare to leave alone, forsake; de + solare to make lonely, solus alone. See {Sole}, a.] 1. Destitute or deprived of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited; hence, gloomy; as, a desolate isle; a desolate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • desolate — [adj1] unused, barren abandoned, bare, bleak, derelict, desert, destroyed, dreary, empty, forsaken, godforsaken*, isolated, lonely, lonesome, lorn, ruined, solitary, unfrequented, uninhabited, unoccupied, vacant, waste, wild; concepts 485,560 Ant …   New thesaurus

  • Desolate — Des o*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Desolated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Desolating}.] 1. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the flood. [1913 Webster] 2. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • desolate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) giving an impression of bleak and dismal emptiness. 2) utterly wretched and unhappy. ► VERB ▪ make desolate. DERIVATIVES desolation noun. ORIGIN from Latin desolare abandon , from solus alone …   English terms dictionary

  • desolate — [des′ə lit; ] for v. [, des′əlāt΄] adj. [ME desolat < L desolatus, pp. of desolare, to leave alone, forsake, strip of inhabitants < de , intens. + solare, to make lonely < solus, SOLE2] 1. left alone; lonely; solitary 2. uninhabited;… …   English World dictionary

  • desolate — index barren, bleak (exposed and barren), derelict (abandoned), despoil, despondent, destroy (efface) …   Law dictionary

  • desolate — (adj.) mid 14c., without companions, also uninhabited, from L. desolatus, pp. of desolare leave alone, desert, from de completely (see DE (Cf. de )) + solare make lonely, from solus alone (see SOLE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • desolate — 1 forlorn, lorn, lonesome, lone, solitary, lonely, *a!one Analogous words: deserted, forsaken, abandoned (see ABANDON): *miserable, wretched Contrasted words: cheerful, lighthearted, joyful, joyous, happy, *glad 2 *dismal, dreary, cheerless,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • desolate — adj. 1 empty and depressing VERBS ▪ be, seem, stand ▪ The house stands desolate and empty. ▪ become ▪ leave sth …   Collocations dictionary

  • desolate — desolately, adv. desolateness, n. desolater, desolator, n. adj. /des euh lit/; v. /des euh layt /, adj., v., desolated, desolating. adj. 1. barren or laid waste; devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape …   Universalium

  • desolate — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English desolat, from Latin desolatus, past participle of desolare to abandon, from de + solus alone Date: 14th century 1. devoid of inhabitants and visitors ; deserted 2. joyless, disconsolate, and sorrowful… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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