Meaning of “desolation” in the English Dictionary

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desolationnoun [ U ]

us /ˌdes·əˈleɪ·ʃən/

the condition of a place that is empty, with no living things or nothing pleasant in it:

It was difficult to describe the emptiness, the desolation of the area.

(Definition of “desolation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)