The act of desolating or laying waste; destruction of inhabitants; depopulation.
- The act or an instance of desolating.
- The state of being desolate.
- Devastation; ruin: a drought that brought desolation to the region.
- The state of being abandoned or forsaken; loneliness: a sense of utter desolation following the death of his parents.
- Wretchedness; misery.