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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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The quality or state of being devoid of inhabitants or deserted; Quality or state of being barren or lifeless; Quality or state of being dreary, dismal, bereft of friends or hope, sad and forlorn.

Usage examples (38)
  • There was a kind of desolateness in our life, though we did not understand it at the time.
  • The desolateness of the place overawed my young heart.
  • It most nearly produces the sense of desolateness and dreariness of any portion of the year.
  • Despite all the honors and blandishments of her position, the old feeling of desolateness came upon her. for more
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