Pronunciation: (des"u-lā'shun), [key]
1. an act or instance of desolating.
2. the state of being desolated.
3. devastation; ruin.
5. dreariness; barrenness.
6. deprivation of companionship; loneliness.
7. sorrow; grief; woe.
8. a desolate place.
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