Definition of desolation
- the pitiful desolation and slaughter of World War I
- —D. F. Fleming
- looked out across the desolation
She sank into a state of desolation and despair.
photos that show the desolation of war
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blues, dejection, depression, despond, despondence, despondency, disconsolateness, dispiritedness, doldrums, dolefulness, downheartedness, dreariness, dumps, forlornness, gloom, gloominess, glumness, heartsickness, joylessness, melancholy, miserableness, mopes, mournfulness, oppression, sadness, sorrowfulness, unhappiness;
: extreme sadness caused by loss or loneliness
: the condition of a place or thing that has been damaged in such a way that it is no longer suitable for people to live in : the state or condition of being desolate
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