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
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.
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Origin and Etymology of desolation
First Known Use: 14th century
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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