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  1. [verb] leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; "The mother deserted her children"
    Synonyms: abandon, forsake, desert

  2. [verb] reduce in population; "The epidemic depopulated the countryside"
    Synonyms: depopulate

  3. [verb] devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
    Synonyms: lay waste to, waste, devastate, ravage, scourge

  4. [adjective] providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape"
    Synonyms: bare, barren, bleak, stark

  5. [adjective] pitiable in circumstances especially through abandonment; "desolate and despairing"; "left forlorn"
    Synonyms: forlorn, godforsaken, lorn

  6. [adjective] crushed by grief; "depressed and desolate of soul"; "a low desolate wail"

  7. [adjective] made uninhabitable; "upon this blasted heath"- Shakespeare; "a wasted landscape"
    Synonyms: blasted, devastated, ravaged, ruined, wasted


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