desolation

Desolation is emptiness and hopelessness. It can describe a poor, dirty, treeless town or a broken heart.

Desolation is depressing and bleak. People arriving at the scenes of natural disasters, like tornadoes, often speak about the desolation around them. They usually are talking about the destruction, but they also implying a sense of emptiness and hopelessness. Other times desolation describes bleak, ugly landscapes: cold, snowy, lonely towns in New Hampshire or hot, dusty, empty towns in Nevada. You know desolation when you see it, because you feel hollow and lonely inside.

Definitions of desolation
  1. noun
    sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
    synonyms: forlornness, loneliness
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    type of:
    sadness, unhappiness
    emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
  2. noun
    the state of being decayed or destroyed
    synonyms: devastation
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    types:
    ruin, ruination
    an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction
    blight
    a state or condition being blighted
    type of:
    deterioration, impairment
    a symptom of reduced quality or strength
  3. noun
    a bleak and desolate atmosphere
    synonyms: bareness, bleakness, nakedness
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    type of:
    gloom, gloominess, glumness
    an atmosphere of depression and melancholy
  4. noun
    an event that results in total destruction
    synonyms: devastation
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    type of:
    ruin, ruination
    an event that results in destruction
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