Destitute or deprived of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited; hence, gloomy; as, a desolate isle; a desolate wilderness; a desolate house.
- Devoid of inhabitants; deserted: "streets which were usually so thronged now grown desolate” ( Daniel Defoe).
- Barren; lifeless: the rocky, desolate surface of the moon.
- Rendered unfit for habitation or use: the desolate cities of war-torn Europe.
- Dreary; dismal.
- Bereft of friends or hope; sad and forlorn. See Synonyms at sad.
- To rid or deprive of inhabitants.
- To lay waste; devastate: "Here we have no wars to desolate our fields” ( Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur).
- To forsake; abandon.
- To make lonely, forlorn, or wretched.