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1. Destitute or deprived of inhabitants; desert; uninhabited; denoting either stripped of inhabitants, or never having been inhabitated; as a desolate isle; a desolate wilderness.
I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant. Jer. 9.
2. Laid waste; in a ruinous condition; neglected; destroyed; as desolate altars; desolate towers. Ezek. Zeph.
3. Solitary; without a companion; afflicted.
Tamar remained desolate in Absaloms house. 2 Sam. 13.
4. Deserted of God; deprived of comfort.
My heart within me is desolate. Ps. 143.
DESOLATED, pp. Deprived of inhabitants; wasted; ruined.
DESOLATELY, adv. In a desolate manner.
DESOLATING, ppr. Depriving of inhabitants; wasting; ravaging.
1. The act of desolating destruction or expulsion of inhabitants; destruction; ruin; waste.
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. Matt. 12.
2. A place deprived of inhabitants, or otherwise wasted, ravaged and ruined.
How is Babylon become a desolation among the nations. Jer. 50.
3. A desolate state; gloominess; sadness; destitution.
The abomination of desolation, Roman armies which ravaged and destroyed Jerusalem. Matt. 24.
"Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read" —Isaiah 34:16, KJV
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