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DESOLATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does desolation mean? 

DESOLATION (noun)
  The noun DESOLATION has 4 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: DESOLATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DESOLATION (noun)


Sense 1desolation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being decayed or destroyed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

desolation; devastation

Hypernyms ("desolation" is a kind of...):

deterioration; impairment (a symptom of reduced quality or strength)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "desolation"):

ruin; ruination (an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction)

blight (a state or condition being blighted)


Sense 2desolation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A bleak and desolate atmosphere

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

bleakness; bareness; desolation; nakedness

Context example:

the nakedness of the landscape

Hypernyms ("desolation" is a kind of...):

gloom; gloominess; glumness (an atmosphere of depression and melancholy)


Sense 3desolation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

forlornness; loneliness; desolation

Hypernyms ("desolation" is a kind of...):

sadness; unhappiness (emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being)


Sense 4desolation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An event that results in total destruction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

devastation; desolation

Hypernyms ("desolation" is a kind of...):

ruin; ruination (an event that results in destruction)


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