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desolate

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2 sad from lack of companionship or separation from others
  • He was less desolate after adopting a rescue dog.
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3 left unoccupied or unused
  • a desolate mining town that had its brief heyday more than a century ago
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4 producing inferior or only a small amount of vegetation
  • wild, desolate plains on which only the hardiest could survive
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alone, solitary, lonely, lonesome, lone, forlorn, desolate mean isolated from others. alone stresses the objective fact of being by oneself with slighter notion of emotional involvement than most of the remaining terms.
    • everyone needs to be alone sometimes
solitary may indicate isolation as a chosen course
    • glorying in the calm of her solitary life
but more often it suggests sadness and a sense of loss.
    • left solitary by the death of his wife
lonely adds to solitary a suggestion of longing for companionship.
    • felt lonely and forsaken
lonesome heightens the suggestion of sadness and poignancy.
    • an only child often leads a lonesome life
lone may replace lonely or lonesome but typically is as objective as alone.
    • a lone robin pecking at the lawn
forlorn stresses dejection, woe, and listlessness at separation from one held dear.
    • a forlorn lost child
desolate implies inconsolable grief at loss or bereavement.
    • desolate after her brother's death

desolate

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to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of
  • The passage of time slowly desolated the ancient city.
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