Des`o*la"tion (?), n. [F. d'esolation, L. desolatio.]

1.

The act of desolating or laying waste; destruction of inhabitants; depopulation.

Unto the end of the war desolations are determined. Dan. ix. 26.

2.

The state of being desolated or laid waste; ruin; solitariness; destitution; gloominess.

You would have sold your king to slaughter, . . . And his whole kingdom into desolation. Shak.

3.

A place or country wasted and forsaken.

How is Babylon become a desolation! Jer. l. 23.

Syn. -- Waste; ruin; destruction; havoc; devastation; ravage; sadness; destitution; melancholy; gloom; gloominess.

 

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