Barren or laid waste; devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape. deprived or destitute of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited.
solitary; lonely: a desolate place.

having the feeling of being abandoned by friends or by hope; forlorn.dreary; dismal; gloomy: desolate prospects.


I think this picture is a great example of what it means to be desolate. The dryness and the heat, and the lack of much greenery all lead to that feeling of it being very remote and uncared for. In looks uninhabited, and seems to be a very unfriendly, uninviting place that people would not want to live in. The barbed wire in the foreground of the image makes it especially uninviting and seems to make the landscape appear even more hostile and unwelcoming. The pile of rocks give a feeling of abandonment, as though whoever lived here has long gone.

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