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desolate

  

      adj  
1    uninhabited; deserted  
2    made uninhabitable; laid waste; devastated  
3    without friends, hope, or encouragement; forlorn, wretched, or abandoned  
4    gloomy or dismal; depressing  
      vb   tr  
5    to deprive of inhabitants; depopulate  
6    to make barren or lay waste; devastate  
7    to make wretched or forlorn  
8    to forsake or abandon  
     (C14: from Latin desolare to leave alone, from de- + solare to make lonely, lay waste, from solus alone)  
  desolater, desolator      n  
  desolately      adv  
  desolateness      n  
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desolate

  

      adj  
1    bare, barren, bleak, desert, dreary, godforsaken, ruined, solitary, unfrequented, uninhabited, waste, wild  
      vb  
2    depopulate, despoil, destroy, devastate, lay low, lay waste, pillage, plunder, ravage, ruin  
      adj  
3    abandoned, bereft, cheerless, comfortless, companionless, dejected, depressing, despondent, disconsolate, dismal, downcast, down in the dumps     (informal)   forlorn, forsaken, gloomy, lonely, melancholy, miserable, wretched  
      vb  
4    daunt, deject, depress, discourage, dishearten, dismay, distress, grieve  
  
Antonyms     
,       adj  
1    inhabited, populous  
3    cheerful, happy, joyous, light-hearted  
      vb  
2    develop  
4    cheer, encourage, hearten, nourish  

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