What does desolation mean?

Definitions for desolation
ˌdɛs əˈleɪ ʃəndes·o·la·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. devastation, desolationnoun

    the state of being decayed or destroyed

  2. bleakness, desolation, bareness, nakednessnoun

    a bleak and desolate atmosphere

    "the nakedness of the landscape"

  3. forlornness, loneliness, desolationnoun

    sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned

  4. devastation, desolationnoun

    an event that results in total destruction


  1. desolationnoun

    The act of desolating or laying waste; destruction of inhabitants; depopulation.

    Etymology: Ultimately from desolatio.

  2. desolationnoun

    The state of being desolated or laid waste; ruin; solitariness; destitution; gloominess.

    Etymology: Ultimately from desolatio.

  3. desolationnoun

    A place or country wasted and forsaken.

    Etymology: Ultimately from desolatio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desolationnoun

    the act of desolating or laying waste; destruction of inhabitants; depopulation

  2. Desolationnoun

    the state of being desolated or laid waste; ruin; solitariness; destitution; gloominess

  3. Desolationnoun

    a place or country wasted and forsaken

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of desolation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of desolation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of desolation in a Sentence

  1. Alexander Hamilton:

    Power may be justly compared to a great river while kept within its bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it goes.

  2. Dylan Klebold:

    Ignorance is bliss, happiness is ambition, desolation is knowledge, pain is acceptance.

  3. Juanita Molina:

    What I hear thousands of times over these years is 'I'd rather die trying. So as much as we try to produce this message, we know that people are going to continue to cross, and what I hope from this community and from these instances is that we continue to put resources into saving those who come to our shores, saving those who cross into our desert, i worked in many emergency rooms where they train combat doctors, but I was completely ill-prepared to see what happened here in the desert, and the desolation, the moment where you find someone, and you know that they're unstable, and you need to get help immediately.

  4. Buzz Aldrin:

    I guess I said that because it was magnificent, we had gotten there, and it looked pretty desolate. But it was magnificent desolation. I think Neil remarked the beauty, too.

  5. Mother Teresa:

    Without out suffering, our work would just be social work, very good and helpful, but it would not be the work of Jesus Christ, not part of the Redemption. All the desolation of the poor people, not only their material poverty, but their spiritual destitution, must be redeemed. And we must share it, for only by being one with them can we redeem them by bringing God into their lives and bringing them to God.

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