Synonyms of desolate


1. abandon, forsake, desolate, desert, leave

usage: leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; "The mother deserted her children"

2. depopulate, desolate, shrink, reduce

usage: reduce in population; "The epidemic depopulated the countryside"

3. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge, destroy, ruin

usage: cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"


1. bare, barren, bleak, desolate, stark, inhospitable (vs. hospitable)

usage: providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape"

2. desolate, inconsolable (vs. consolable), disconsolate, unconsolable

usage: crushed by grief; "depressed and desolate of soul"; "a low desolate wail"

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