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desolation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Desolation  \Des`o*la"tion\,  n.  [F.  d['e]solation,  L.  desolatio.] 
  1.  The  act  of  desolating  or  laying  waste;  destruction  of 
  inhabitants;  depopulation. 
 
  Unto  the  end  of  the  war  desolations  are  determined. 
  --Dan.  ix  26. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  being  desolated  or  laid  waste;  ruin; 
  solitariness;  destitution;  gloominess. 
 
  You  would  have  sold  your  king  to  slaughter,  .  .  . 
  And  his  whole  kingdom  into  desolation.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  A  place  or  country  wasted  and  forsaken. 
 
  How  is  Babylon  become  a  desolation!  --Jer.  l.  23. 
 
  Syn:  Waste;  ruin;  destruction;  havoc;  devastation;  ravage; 
  sadness;  destitution;  melancholy;  gloom;  gloominess. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  desolation 
  n  1:  the  state  of  being  decayed  or  destroyed  [syn:  {devastation}, 
  {ruin}] 
  2:  a  bleak  and  desolate  atmosphere  [syn:  {bleakness}] 
  3:  sadness  resulting  from  being  forsaken  or  abandoned  [syn:  {forlornness}, 
  {loneliness}] 
  4:  an  event  that  results  in  total  destruction  [syn:  {devastation}] 




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