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Main Entry: 1des·o·late
Pronunciation: primarystressdes-schwa-lschwat, primarystressdez-
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English desolat "having no inhabitants or visitors, deserted," from Latin desolatus, past participle of desolare "to abandon," from de- "from, away" and solus "alone" --related to 4SOLE, SOLITUDE, SOLO
1 : ABANDONED 1
2 : having no companionship : LONELY
3 a : showing the results of abandonment and neglect : DILAPIDATED b : lacking signs of life : BARREN <a desolate landscape> c : CHEERLESS <desolate thoughts>
- des·o·late·ly adverb
- des·o·late·ness noun

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