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
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n sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned

Synonyms:
forlornness, loneliness
Type of:
sadness, unhappiness
emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being

n the state of being decayed or destroyed

Synonyms:
devastation
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

n a bleak and desolate atmosphere

Synonyms:
bareness, bleakness, nakedness
Type of:
gloom, gloominess, glumness
an atmosphere of depression and melancholy

n an event that results in total destruction

Synonyms:
devastation
Type of:
ruin, ruination
an event that results in destruction

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