Definition of desolation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdesəˈleɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdesəˈleɪʃn//
    [uncountable] (formal) Unhappiness, Loneliness
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  1. 1the feeling of being very lonely and unhappy Her death left him with a terrible sense of desolation. See related entries: Loneliness
  2. 2the state of a place that is ruined or destroyed and offers no joy or hope to people a scene of utter desolation See related entries: Unhappiness
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin desolatio(n-), from Latin desolare ‘to abandon’, from de- ‘thoroughly’ + solus ‘alone’.Extra examples His death left me with a sense of desolation. The newspaper described a scene of complete desolation. She was racked by a feeling of utter desolation. areas of urban desolation
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