KJV Dictionary Definition: desolate



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.