1. [ adjective ] providing no shelter or sustenance
Synonyms: bleak barren stark bare

"bare rocky hills" "barren lands" "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes" "the desolate surface of the moon" "a stark landscape"

Related terms: inhospitable
2. [ adjective ] pitiable in circumstances especially through abandonment
Synonyms: forlorn lorn godforsaken

"desolate and despairing" "left forlorn"

Related terms: forsaken
3. [ adjective ] made uninhabitable
Synonyms: desolated devastated ravaged ruined wasted blasted

"upon this blasted heath"- Shakespeare "a wasted landscape"

Related terms: destroyed
4. [ verb ] reduce in population
Synonyms: depopulate

"The epidemic depopulated the countryside"

Related terms: shrink devastation
5. [ adjective ] crushed by grief

"depressed and desolate of soul" "a low desolate wail"

Related terms: inconsolable
6. [ verb ] leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
Synonyms: desert forsake abandon lurch

"The mother deserted her children"

Related terms: leave maroon ditch walk_out expose desertion forlornness forsaking
7. [ verb ] devastate or ravage
Synonyms: devastate waste ravage scourge lay_waste_to

"The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"

Related terms: destroy ruin destruction devastation bane ravaging bleakness devastation destroyer
Similar spelling:   desolated