desolate desolate  /ˈdɛ sə lət/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
  2. (v) reduce in population
  3. (v) cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
  4. (adj) providing no shelter or sustenance
  5. (adj) crushed by grief

Usage(s):

  1. Covered with rock salt and slimy quicksand, Qattara is as desolate and lifeless as anything this side of the moon.
  2. The mountains he is pointing to rise in the distance like a desolate mirage.
  3. Cooper, meanwhile, still drives to the desolate Clinton headquarters every day.

News

  1. 'This Is the End': The end of the world, turning on a comic axis

    The Earth has been coming to an end with comic frequency. We've seen tsunamis sweep the oceans ("2012"), the world freeze over ("The Day After Tomorrow") and a rogue planet bear down ("Melancholia"). So many have been patrolling a desolate Earth — Will Smith ("After Earth"), Tom Cruise ("Oblivion"), a cute cleanup robot ("WALL-E") — that even the post-apocalyptic world is getting crowded.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Kingston Daily Freeman

  2. The end of the world, turning on a comic axis

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Earth has been coming to an end with comic frequency. We've seen tsunamis sweep the oceans ("2012"), the world freeze over ("The Day After Tomorrow") and a rogue planet bear down ("Melancholia"). So many have been patrolling a desolate Earth — Will Smith ("After Earth"), Tom Cruise ("Oblivion"), a cute cleanup robot ("WALL-E") — that even the post-apocalyptic world is getting ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Wausau Earns 400K For Riverfront Project

    A desolate stretch of land lines the Wisconsin River in Wausau. However, plans to bring the land back to life came to the surface Tuesday, with help from a Brownfield Grant.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WSAW Wausau

Quotes

  1. But Phillips, 64, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "I personally would like to see him off the show. I would be desolate if he won."
    on Nov 19, 2008 By: Arlene Phillips Source: Independent

  2. "Deep in my heart, a desolate howl still echoes," a teary Thompson said. "We have lost a loved one."
    on Mar 3, 2007 By: Jack Thompson Source: The Australian

  3. "Hundreds of thousands of uprooted people in Chad depend on international support and a very fragile aid lifeline that must reach some of the most desolate and isolated parts of the country," Mr. Guterres said. "We are continuing to assist,...
    on Mar 27, 2006 By: António Guterres Source: Harold Doan and Associates (press release)

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