Definition of desolation
1 : the action of desolating the pitiful desolation and slaughter of World War I — D. F. Fleming
4 : barren wasteland looked out across the desolation
Examples of desolation in a Sentence
She sank into a state of desolation and despair.
photos that show the desolation of war
Recent Examples of desolation from the Web
Had anybody ever written about being high, caught the glory, hilarity and crazy desolation better than him?
The goddess Venus loves the hunter Adonis, who is fatally injured during a hunting expedition, leaving Venus in desolation.
But the family that runs the place is at home in the desolation.
Susan Brown brings compassion and the desolation of a life lived in crushing loneliness to the role of Hannah, Joseph's emotionally repressed mother.
Another format — a worn carpet thrown over some boxes — created terrain of almost Beckettian desolation for subjects to sit on, as a forlorn-looking Alfred Hitchcock did, or lean on, like Peter Ustinov.
Everyone else is good too, but Hayek is on another plane, keenly tuned into the film’s frequency—its hush, its ache, its desolation.
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DESOLATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of desolation for English Language Learners
: 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
DESOLATION Defined for Kids
Definition of desolation for Students
1 : the state of being deserted or ruined Photos showed the desolation left by the fire.
2 : sadness resulting from grief or loneliness
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