Synonyms for desolate

Synonyms for (verb) desolate

Synonyms: desolate, devastate, scourge, lay waste to, ravage, waste

Definition: cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

Usage: The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion

Similar words: ruin, destroy

Definition: destroy completely; damage irreparably

Usage: You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!; The tears ruined her make-up


Synonyms: depopulate, desolate

Definition: reduce in population

Usage: The epidemic depopulated the countryside

Similar words: shrink, reduce

Definition: reduce in size; reduce physically

Usage: Hot water will shrink the sweater; Can you shrink this image?


Synonyms: abandon, forsake, desert, desolate

Definition: leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

Usage: The mother deserted her children

Similar words: leave

Definition: go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness

Usage: She left a mess when she moved out; His good luck finally left him; her husband left her after 20 years of marriage; she wept thinking she had been left behind

Synonyms for (adjective) desolate

Synonyms: desolate

Definition: crushed by grief

Usage: depressed and desolate of soul; a low desolate wail

Similar words: disconsolate, inconsolable, unconsolable

Definition: sad beyond comforting; incapable of being consoled

Usage: inconsolable when her son died


Synonyms: desolate, bleak, bare, barren, stark

Definition: providing no shelter or sustenance

Usage: bare rocky hills; barren lands; the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes; the desolate surface of the moon; a stark landscape

Similar words: inhospitable

Definition: unfavorable to life or growth

Usage: the barren inhospitable desert; inhospitable mountain areas