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Synonyms for desolate
ˈdɛs ə lɪt; -ˌleɪtdes·o·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bare, barren, bleak, desolate, starkadjective

    providing no shelter or sustenance

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

    Synonyms:
    spare, bare(a), devoid, perfect(a), consummate(a), blunt, unornamented, austere, au naturel(p), bare, raw, marginal, arrant(a), black, severe, gross(a), staring(a), simple(a), stripped, destitute, mere(a), cutting, everlasting(a), double-dyed(a), crude(a), dim, complete(a), innocent, plain, nude, unsheathed, pure(a), unfinished, barren, stark(a), unadulterated, thoroughgoing(a), free, naked, bleak, unembellished, sodding(a), scanty, stark, utter(a), stern

    Antonyms:
    consolable, hospitable

  2. desolateverb

    crushed by grief

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

    Synonyms:
    stark, barren, bleak, bare

    Antonyms:
    hospitable, consolable

  3. abandon, forsake, desolate, desertverb

    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

    "The mother deserted her children"

    Synonyms:
    waste, devastate, give up, desert, lay waste to, abandon, vacate, scourge, empty, depopulate, defect, forsake, ravage

    Antonyms:
    hospitable, consolable

  4. depopulate, desolateverb

    reduce in population

    "The epidemic depopulated the countryside"

    Synonyms:
    waste, ravage, devastate, desert, abandon, scourge, lay waste to, depopulate, forsake

    Antonyms:
    hospitable, consolable

  5. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourgeverb

    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

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

    Synonyms:
    waste, harry, scourge, emaciate, flagellate, abandon, blow, forsake, run off, devastate, desert, neutralise, pine away, neutralize, consume, macerate, ware, depopulate, languish, liquidate, squander, ravage, do in, rot, knock off, lay waste to

    Antonyms:
    consolable, hospitable

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Editors Contribution

  1. deserted

    deserted means alone, or empty.

    the deserted mountain had been left alone for years.

    Submitted by anonymous on December 22, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. desolateadjective

    Synonyms:
    uninhabited, unfrequented, desert, forsaken, dreary, wild, waste, barren

  2. desolateadjective

    Synonyms:
    lonely, solitary, companionless

  3. desolateadjective

    Synonyms:
    ruined, destroyed, devastated, ravaged, laid waste

  4. desolateadjective

    Synonyms:
    comfortless, cheerless, miserable, wretched, forlorn

  5. desolateverb

    Synonyms:
    ravage, devastate, depopulate, ruin, destroy, despoil, sack, ransack, lay waste

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. desolateadjective

    Synonyms:
    dreary, waste, broken-hearted, inconsolable, solitary, devastated

  2. desolateverb

    Synonyms:
    devastate, depredate, despoil, sack, lay waste

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "desolate":

    abandoned, barren, disused

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#37254plunder
#39656neutralize
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#85205languish
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#219582unsheathed
#259625comfortless
#327541depopulate

How to use desolate in a sentence?

  1. Craig Downs:

    You can have an El Niño climate change impact on a coral reef ; let's say it kills 40 % of the coral, but if you have swimmers there with sunscreen pollution, you're not going to have new generations coming in. So you're going to see the slow decline of the coral reefs in the area. And then you get an undersea, desolate landscape of just muck and mud and sand.

  2. George Eliot:

    No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.

  3. Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

    How many desolate creatures on the earth have learnt the simple dues of fellowship and social comfort, in a hospital.

  4. Sanjay Gupta:

    It was sparse, desolate, and for most requirements we would have to go to New Delhi, it was a distance away from everything that we needed.

  5. David Benjamin:

    It's pretty desolate up here, and it's built on the side of the mountain, so if you try to get out, once you get out, you have no idea where you're going, it's a good place to keep people that don't want to be here.


Translations for desolate

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  • مهجورArabic
  • пуст, необитаван, безлюден, обезлюдявам, необитаем, безутешен, безнадежден, опустошавамBulgarian
  • trostlos, verlassen, ödeGerman
  • solitarioSpanish
  • hüljatud, kõleEstonian
  • خالی از سکنهPersian
  • hävittää, autioittaa, hylätä, masentaaFinnish
  • désoler, ravager, désoléFrench
  • सुनसान, निर्जन, बंजर, उजाड़, वीरानHindi
  • elhagyatott, kihalt, lakhatatlan, reménytelenHungarian
  • բարձիթողի, լքված, ամայի, անմխիթար, անբնակ, թշվառArmenian
  • terpencilIndonesian
  • nero, desolato, deserto, abbandonatoItalian
  • שומםHebrew
  • 寂しい, 寂れたJapanese
  • ನಿರ್ಜನKannada
  • tūheaMāori
  • pustkowiemPolish
  • abandonat, deșertRomanian
  • безнадëжный, упадочный, оскудевший, скудный, покинутый, пустынный, необитаемыйRussian
  • தனித்துவிடப்பட்டTamil
  • నిర్మానుష్యమైనTelugu
  • וויסטYiddish
  • 荒凉Chinese

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