• (British) IPA: /ˌdɛsəˈleɪʃən/


  1. The act of desolating or laying waste; destruction of inhabitants; depopulation.
  2. The state of being desolated or laid waste
    Synonyms: ruin, solitariness, destitution, gloom, gloominess
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Proverbs 1:26–27 ↗:
      I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
  3. A place or country wasted and forsaken.
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