desolation definition, meaning - what is desolation in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “desolation”

See all translations

desolation

noun [U] uk   us   /ˌdes.əlˈeɪ.ʃən/

desolation noun [U] (EMPTINESS)

the state of a place that is empty or where everything has been destroyed: a scene of desolation

desolation noun [U] (SADNESS)

the state of feeling sad and alone: a feeling of utter desolation
Translations of “desolation”
in Chinese (Traditional) 空曠, 荒蕪, 荒廢…
in Chinese (Simplified) 空旷, 荒芜, 荒废…
(Definition of desolation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of desolation?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “desolation” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cup tie

a game between two teams trying to win a cup (= prize), especially in football

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More