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The photos show the desolate surface of the moon.
  empty, providing no shelter or sustenance


feeling very sad and alone
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desolate desolation desolating desolated desolately desolates desolater
"Desolate" is most commonly used as an adjective, but it can also be used as a verb.

Standard suffix pronunciation:  When a word ends in "ate" and can be used as a verb or a noun/adjective, the last syllable of the word is often pronounced differently depending upon how it is used. The verb is typically pronounced with a long "a" as in the word "ate", but the noun or adjective is typically pronounced with a soft "a" which sounds more like "ut" as in the word "hut".
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  • The photos show the desolate surface of the moon.
  • It is in her book of desolate desert photographs.
  • She is a depressed and desolate of soul.
  • I had done so, and was looking along the desolate gardenwalk, when I beheld a solitary figure in it.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Great Expectations

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  • the sound of her low voice seemed to have the accompaniment of all the other sounds, full of mystery, desolation, and sorrow, I had ever heard
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  I Have a Dream
  • all the land was desolate and empty.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Have you forgiven the Boy for the violence he did you in the Hall of Images in the desolate palace of accursed Charn?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • The Martians, I thought, had gone on and left the country desolated, seeking food elsewhere.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The flames, the fear, the feeling of utter desolation were too much for him to handle.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire

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  • It is all these things together that have made this valley desolate.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • she thought in desolation how brittle he was now and how easy to shatter, and how she would have to protect him.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • of death, desolation and tyranny,
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • The land was barren and desolate.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • Before them lay a desolate, rocky plain:
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • the desolation and the loneliness that would be with him forever.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • The dead grass thrashed softly. Out there a gray desolation.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • A desolate Hally doesn’t move.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • It’s just a very lonely, helpless feeling at first—a kind of desolate feeling.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • The land is so pale and desolate that I might be standing on a distant, dead moon.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • She will not be left desolate, and she will be safer.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • Eventually the switchbacks stopped altogether, and they jogged the last mile or so to the flat and desolate wasteland stretching to the horizon.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • It was the most desolate part for me.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • There was a desolate, ramshackle feel to the place, suggesting that it sat empty much of the year.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Ahead was desolation.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • But New York is a wet heat; by the time I reach the studio ten blocks away on a desolate stretch in the West Fifties, my hair, which I keep hidden under a cap, is damp.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Behind Bailey, a picture of an empty polling place appeared, in a desolate high school gym somewhere.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • My immediate destination was Churchill, on the western shore of Hudson Bay; but beyond that, somewhere in the desolate wastes of the subarctic Barren Lands, lay my ultimate objective — the wolf himself.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Till all around him desolation rings And all the demons in the outer dark Look on amazed and recognize That vengeance is the business of a man.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • It looked sterile and desolate, like fresh blast ground, not in the least hopeful, and yet I felt strangely drawn to the town, in part because of the peaceful pace of life that the article noted, the simple tranquillity of the older, village section that made me think of the small city where I lived my youth, on the southwestern coast of Japan.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • But when Robert Knox was held captive on the island in the i7th century he remembered his time this way: "Thus was I left Desolate, Sick and in Captivity, having no earthly comforter, none but only He who looks down from Heaven to hear the groaning of the prisoners.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • The streets have turned desolate and empty of people.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I didn’t feel desolate, or overwhelmed, or any of the things you should feel when you split apart a love of several years.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Chiron must have read my desolate expression.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She pivoted, shackles clanking, and took in the desolate waste that was Endovier.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "Now will you tell me where we are?" asked Tock as he looked around the desolate island.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • We shall stay here together, and you must all endeavor to lighten my desolation when my husband is away.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • It was quiet and desolate, except for the goat still tied to the tree, bleating for freedom.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Here the Continental Army had suffered through a winter of their own, and the vast, stark, frozen desolation itself seemed a more proper monument than statues and stones.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • The avenue was a scene of desolation.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • I had never seen him look more desolately alone, and for a fleeting second I felt almost sorry for him.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Driven by pain and desolation, that evening I risked additional beatings or worse by sneaking over to my father’s barracks.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • "Papa Papa Papa Papa," Marie-Laure is saying, but her body seems to have detached itself from her voice, and her words make a faraway, desolate cadence.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • No wonder Holder didn’t have a clue about how desolate she really felt.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I attended Catholic schools with mystical names like the Infant of Prague and the Annunciation, as Dad transferred from Marine base to desolate Marine base, or when we retired to my mother’s family home in Atlanta when the nation called my father to war.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It was for me a place of special desolation, with its big fitted cupboards and its very big foam bed.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The Overholt had unloosed in him all the Celtic furies with which he had consorted daily in the desolate time after five in the afternoon.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But the flowers, the smell, the movement of the leaves persist, rich, mesmerizing, desolating, infused with grief.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The sidewalks were desolate paths stretching into the fog.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • By contrast, a well-disciplined wedge of geese passed over us, calling of heartbreak and desolation.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
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