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noun as in uninhabitated area; barrenness

noun as in distress, unhappiness

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When I was 19—long before I ever thought I would land a career writing about space—I dreamed I was standing on the surface of Mars, looking over a rusted desert dotted with rocks, stuck in a perpetual lukewarm dusk, transfixed by the desolation.

A breakup letter from you after 10 months once again sows in me the same desolation of that goodbye.

All the little rootlets of sentiment which must be cut off in the process bleed and suffer and a period of desolation as well as isolation must ensue in all such cases.

Unlike corporate behemoths of an earlier age, Amazon doesn’t want an enormous corporate campus, with a security perimeter, designated entrances and a lush landscape of meticulously curated grassy desolation and green despair.

Saudi photographer Moath Alofi evokes desolation with a wide shot of desert sprinkled with abandoned cars.

It is the desolation of exiled Tibetans that dominates the tenor here, but it is not the only one.

As you work through the collection, the scenes become more stagnant, more still, as desolation takes over.

The first is our quintessentially modern desolation, a “falling in all directions.”

Some people assume that if you can't speak or hear, you live in a cage of silence and desolation.

His up-tempo songs had undercurrents of solitude, and the ballads that became his specialty were suffused with stoic desolation.

The door was open, and the woman and the child stood dumbfounded and overwhelmed in a scene of incredible desolation.

For the nation and the kingdom that will not serve thee, shall perish: and the Gentiles shall be wasted with desolation.

Under the type of breaking a potter's vessel, the prophet foresheweth the desolation of the Jews for their sins.

And all this land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment: and all these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

A prophecy of the desolation of Moab for their pride: but their captivity shall at last be released.


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On this page you'll find 77 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to desolation, such as: bleakness, devastation, isolation, loneliness, solitude, and bareness.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.