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Pronunciation:  `desu'leyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an event that results in total destruction
  2. [n]  sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
  3. [n]  a bleak and desolate atmosphere
  4. [n]  the state of being decayed or destroyed

DESOLATION is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: bleakness, devastation, devastation, forlornness, loneliness
 See Also: blight, deterioration, gloom, gloominess, glumness, impairment, ruin, ruin, ruination, ruination, sadness, unhappiness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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