desolation desolation  /ˌdɛ sə ˈleɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) the state of being decayed or destroyed
  2. (n) a bleak and desolate atmosphere
  3. (n) sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
  4. (n) an event that results in total destruction


  1. Tattered billboards for Broadway shows mock the desolation of the place, which is now ugly, cratered and overrun by wildlife kind of what it was like in the 1970s.
  2. But in the desolation of Villahermosa, there has been no widespread breakdown in law and order or four-figure death tolls.
  3. Turn your Chevy away from downtown and the postcard skyline gives way first to seedy dollar stores and then to desolation.


  1. Desolation of Smaug Kili, In Real Life...

    Aidan Turner was cast as Kili , one of the youngest dwarves in the Hobbit film series.  Kili and his brother Fili are among the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on their adventure to reclaim the Lonely Mountain. Below you'll find several photos of Aidan Turner... in case you're curious to see what The Desolation of Smaug's Kili looks like in real life.  Enjoy. Aidan Turner plays Kili in The ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Zimbio

  2. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Featurette Explores the New Zealand Locations

    Get up close and personal with the New Zealand locations of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' with a new featurette.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Screen Rant

  3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Featurette on New Zealand

    We've already seen the poster and the trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this week and now Warner Bros. Pictures is taking us behind the scenes in this new featurette on the locations the production shot at in New Zealand.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Coming Soon


  1. In a message in the visitors' book, Brown wrote: "In this place of desolation, I reaffirm my belief that we all have a duty, each and every one of us, not to stand by but to stand up against discrimination and prejudice."
    on Apr 28, 2009 By: Gordon Brown Source: Reuters

  2. "The moon is a rugged place, and it's beautiful in its own ways - Buzz Aldrin said magnificent desolation. It's gray, it's rocky, it's dirty. The sky is black," Bean said, explaining his foray into textures and away from colors that he...
    on Oct 5, 2008 By: Alan Bean Source: Dallas Morning News

  3. "If left unresolved, these issues will remain a source of tension in the border area and will continue to pose an inherent danger of political desolation," Mr. Ban wrote.
    on Apr 6, 2006 By: Ban Ki-moon Source: Harold Doan and Associates (press release)

Word of the Day
untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /