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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: desolatus, from solus 'alone'

desolate

1 adjective
     
des‧o‧late1
1 a place that is desolate is empty and looks sad because there are no people there:
a desolate landscape
2 someone who is desolate feels very sad and lonely
desolately adverb
desolation noun [uncountable]

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