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  • She felt desolate when her boyfriend died in a car accident.
    desolate = very sad and alone
  • In complete desolation, I looked at the world above.   (source)
    desolation = misery
  • I was up on the fifth floor and I had a view of the playground, which was always of course utterly desolate.   (source)
    desolate = sad and lonely
  • I had never seen him look more desolately alone, and for a fleeting second I felt almost sorry for him.   (source)
    desolately = in a manner that is extremely sad or miserable
  • I was even more desolate than my sister, I thought.   (source)
    desolate = miserable and lonely
  • Once again I had the desolating sense of having all along ignored what was finest in him.   (source)
    desolating = sad or miserable
  • The flames, the fear, the feeling of utter desolation were too much for him to handle.   (source)
    desolation = a feeling of extreme sadness or misery--often with loneliness
  • Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.   (source)
    desolate = sad and lonely
  • A desolate Hally doesn't move.   (source)
    desolate = sad or miserable--and often lonely
  • Hearing this, [that Charlotte was about to die] Wilbur threw himself down in an agony of pain and sorrow. Great sobs racked his body. He heaved and grunted with desolation.   (source)
    desolation = extreme sadness and thoughts of loneliness
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  • It's just a very lonely, helpless feeling at first—a kind of desolate feeling.   (source)
    desolate = sad or miserable--and often lonely
  • About half way between West Egg and New York the motor road hastily joins the railroad and runs beside it for a quarter of a mile, so as to shrink away from a certain desolate area of land. This is a valley of ashes...   (source)
    desolate = miserable (and providing no support for life)
  • Kumalo stood shocked at the frightening and desolating words. [That Jarvis is leaving]   (source)
    desolating = making him feel very sad and alone
  • the desolation and the loneliness that would be with him forever.   (source)
    desolation = a feeling of extreme sadness or misery--often with loneliness
  • But there were very few people there, and it was sad-looking and desolate to see so many empty chairs.   (source)
    desolate = miserable (sad and lonely)
  • 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   (source)
    desolation = extreme sorrow and loneliness
  • The desolating cry worked upon my mind.   (source)
    desolating = very sad and lonely
  • ...each leaves the passionate lover, or the no less passionate hater, forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his subject.   (source)
    desolate = miserable and lonely
  • Know that, one by one, my friends were snatched away; I was left desolate.   (source)
    desolate = miserable (sad and lonely)
  • And in a lower tone to Fanny, "I shall have only a desolate house to hurry from."   (source)
    desolate = sad and lonely
  • "Thank you the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation," said Marvin, and trudged desolately up the gleaming curved corridor that stretched out before them.†   (source)
  • Then he sank into a chair on the terrace and stared desolately at the Manhattan skyline.†   (source)
  • No one was abroad at this nearly midnight hour, and nothing was open except a string of desolately brilliant service stations.†   (source)
  • A whirling mesh of sleet hung over the entrance of the Wayne-Falkland Hotel, and the armed guards looked oddly, desolately helpless in the circle of light: they stood hunched, heads down, hugging their guns for warmth-as if, were they to release all the spitting violence of their bullets at the storm, it would not bring comfort to their bodies.†   (source)
  • No, I thought desolately, but I could not say it.†   (source)
  • Related words: anguish, torment, despair , wretchedness, desolation.   (source)
    desolation = misery
  • Sorrow and desolation were clouted across his face.   (source)
  • It was no easy thing for him to abandon Adam to his desolation.   (source)
    desolation = a feeling of extreme sadness or misery--often with loneliness
  • My bed was unmade and breakfast dishes lay desolate in the sink.   (source)
    desolate = sad or miserable--and often lonely
  • She was cold and desolate, alone and desolate.   (source)
  • He thought with desolation, I can't lick him any more.   (source)
    desolation = a feeling of extreme sadness or misery--often with loneliness
  • A desolate loneliness settled on me—almost frightening loneliness.   (source)
    desolate = sad or miserable--and often lonely
  • And I confess to a feeling of gray desolation.   (source)
    desolation = a feeling of extreme sadness or misery--often with loneliness
  • Charles' face was desolate.   (source)
    desolate = sad or miserable--and often lonely
  • Her eyes were desolate.   (source)
  • I opened more beer. After the night of desolate loneliness I felt very good to be surrounded by warm and friendly but cautious people.   (source)
  • she thought in desolation how brittle he was now and how easy to shatter, and how she would have to protect him.   (source)
    desolation = a feeling of extreme sadness or misery--often with loneliness
  • When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages a sick sense of failure falls on me and I know I can never do it.   (source)
    desolate = sad or miserable--and often lonely
  • The then little town where I was born, which within my grandfather's memory was a blacksmith shop in a swamp,, recalls with yearly pageantry a glowing past of Spanish dons and rose-eating senoritas who have in public memory wiped out the small, desolate tribe of grub— and grasshopper-eating Indians who were our true first settlers.   (source)
  • When a child first catches adults out--when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just--his world falls into panic desolation.   (source)
    desolation = a feeling of extreme sadness or misery--often with loneliness
  • I succumbed utterly to my desolation, made two peanut-butter sandwiches, and went to bed and wrote long letters home, passing my loneliness around.   (source)
  • The old port with narrow streets and cobbled surfaces, smoke-grimed, goes into a period of desolation inhabited at night by the vague ruins of men, the lotus eaters who struggle daily toward unconsciousness by way of raw alcohol.   (source)
  • Who indeed knows why there can be comfort in a world of desolation?   (source)
  • "Do they miss me?" she cried ecstatically.
    "The whole town is desolate."   (source)
    desolate = miserable (sad and lonely)
  • I was desolate and afraid, and full of woe and terror.   (source)
  • Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone.   (source)
    desolation = sadness and misery
  • There was no sign on the face of nature of this amazing tale that was not so much told as suggested to me in desolate exclamations, completed by shrugs, in interrupted phrases, in hints ending in deep sighs.   (source)
    desolate = sad or miserable--and often lonely
  • But while that voice sounded the solitude, the desolation, had been endurable; by virtue of it London had still seemed alive, and the sense of life about me had upheld me.   (source)
    desolation = a feeling of extreme sadness or misery--often with loneliness
  • He broke off and began to walk up and down a desolate path of fruit rinds and discarded favors and crushed flowers.   (source)
    desolate = sad and lonely
  • Before it stopped running with a muffled rattle, a cry, a very loud cry, as of infinite desolation, soared slowly in the opaque air.   (source)
    desolation = a feeling of extreme sadness or misery--often with loneliness
  • Then she put before her face her poor crushed hands, which bore on their whiteness the red mark of the Count's terrible grip, and from behind them came a low desolate wail which made the terrible scream seem only the quick expression of an endless grief.   (source)
    desolate = miserable (sad and lonely)
  • The glamour of youth enveloped his particolored rags, his destitution, his loneliness, the essential desolation of his futile wanderings.   (source)
    desolation = a feeling of extreme sadness or misery--often with loneliness
  • It was a shock to me to turn from the wonderful smoky beauty of a sunset over London, with its lurid lights and inky shadows and all the marvellous tints that come on foul clouds even as on foul water, and to realize all the grim sternness of my own cold stone building, with its wealth of breathing misery, and my own desolate heart to endure it all.   (source)
    desolate = sad and lonely
  • The straw seats of the car hovered on the edge of combustion; the woman next to me perspired delicately for a while into her white shirtwaist, and then, as her newspaper dampened under her fingers, lapsed despairingly into deep heat with a desolate cry.   (source)
    desolate = in a miserable manner
  • I couldn't have felt more of lonely desolation somehow, had I been robbed of a belief or had missed my destiny in life….   (source)
    desolation = a feeling of extreme sadness or misery--often with loneliness
  • 'It is very serious,' said the manager's voice behind me; 'I would be desolated if anything should happen to Mr. Kurtz before we came up.'   (source)
    desolated = made feel extremely sad or miserable--often with loneliness
  • In about forty-five seconds I found myself again in the waiting-room with the compassionate secretary, who, full of desolation and sympathy, made me sign some document.   (source)
    desolation = a feeling of extreme sadness or misery--often with loneliness
  • But while we were still shaking hands, such a look of awful desolation came upon her face that I perceived she was one of those creatures that are not the playthings of Time.   (source)
  • Here am I, a poor desolate widow, deprived of the best of husbands, my health gone in attending and nursing him, my spirits still worse, all my peace in this world destroyed, with hardly enough to support me in the rank of a gentlewoman, and enable me to live so as not to disgrace the memory of the dear departed—what possible comfort could I have in taking such a charge upon me as Fanny?   (source)
    desolate = miserable
  • At times this deep strain of pathos was all that could be heard, and scarcely heard sighing amid a desolate silence.   (source)
    desolate = empty, lonely, or sad
  • Have a care; I will work at your destruction, nor finish until I desolate your heart, so that you shall curse the hour of your birth.   (source)
    desolate = destroy
  • On the threshold she paused—turned partly round—for perchance the idea of entering alone and all so changed, the home of so intense a former life, was more dreary and desolate than even she could bear.   (source)
    desolate = sad and lonely
  • If, therefore, I could seize him and educate him as my companion and friend, I should not be so desolate in this peopled earth.   (source)
    desolate = miserable and lonely
  • It was dark when I awoke; I felt cold also, and half frightened, as it were, instinctively, finding myself so desolate.   (source)
    desolate = miserable and alone
  • The labours I endured were no longer to be alleviated by the bright sun or gentle breezes of spring; all joy was but a mockery which insulted my desolate state and made me feel more painfully that I was not made for the enjoyment of pleasure.   (source)
    desolate = miserable
  • Before, I had only imagined the wretchedness of my desolated home; the reality came on me as a new, and a not less terrible, disaster.   (source)
    desolated = sad and miserable
  • I too can create desolation; my enemy is not invulnerable; this death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall torment and destroy him.   (source)
    desolation = sadness and misery
  • One sudden and desolating change had taken place; but a thousand little circumstances might have by degrees worked other alterations, which, although they were done more tranquilly, might not be the less decisive.   (source)
    desolating = causing sadness or misery
  • He knows the truth and it's killing him," she thought desolately.†   (source)
  • The flames of tall candles clashed desolately with the gray of the light from the street; the light made the candles seem dimmer, the candles gave to the day outside a premonitory tinge of dusk.†   (source)
  • As she passed Ethan's chair their eyes met and clung together desolately.†   (source)
  • So there was no mistaking the sob she let go as she went desolately away along the corridor.†   (source)
  • He went home desolately ascetic, and longed for Orchid all the night.†   (source)
  • When they met they looked desolately at one another, as much as to say, "Have you found anything?"†   (source)
  • Guy looked after her desolately.†   (source)
  • It was the Reverend McMillan, who, gray and weary—a quarter of an hour later, walked desolately—and even a little uncertainly—as one who is physically very weak—through the cold doors of the prison.†   (source)
  • Bridges are begun, and their not yet united piers desolately look at one another over roads and streams like brick and mortar couples with an obstacle to their union; fragments of embankments are thrown up and left as precipices with torrents of rusty carts and barrows tumbling over them; tripods of tall poles appear on hilltops, where there are rumours of tunnels; everything looks chaotic and abandoned in full hopelessness.†   (source)
  • The Doctor looked desolately round the room, shook his head, and answered, in a low voice, "Not at all."†   (source)
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  • It is in her book of desolate desert photographs.
  • The land was barren and desolate.   (source)
    desolate = empty, providing no shelter, water, or food
  • It was quiet and desolate, except for the goat still tied to the tree, bleating for freedom.   (source)
    desolate = empty of life
  • The more desolate and isolated a place was, the better Mom and Dad liked it.   (source)
    desolate = empty or miserable
  • These days most of the lots remain vacant and are gradually being reclaimed by the desert. Tumbleweeds scuttle down Salton City's broad, desolate boulevards.   (source)
    desolate = empty
  • Near the slope where once cotton stalks had stood, their brown bolls popping with tiny puffs of cotton, the land was charred, desolate, black, still steaming from the night.   (source)
    desolate = empty (of life)
  • How even as Prometheus took up the flame for mankind, he would have known he was walking towards the eagle and that desolate, eternal crag.   (source)
    desolate = miserable, lonely, and providing no comfort
  • The dead grass thrashed softly. Out there a gray desolation.   (source)
    desolation = a state of emptiness that provides no shelter or sustenance
  • The night-crawlers had retired, but ripe chinaberries drummed on the roof when the wind stirred, and the darkness was desolate with the barking of distant dogs.   (source)
    desolate = empty, lonely, providing no support
  • I reached it in the early morning after this night which presaged my war; a bleak, draughty train ride, a damp depot seemingly near no town whatever, a bus station in which none of the people were fully awake, or seemed clean, or looked as though they had homes anywhere; a bus which passengers entered and left at desolate stopping places in the blackness; a chilled nighttime wandering in which I tried to decipher between lapses into stale sleep, the meaning of Leper's telegram.   (source)
    desolate = empty or miserable
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  • In a region somewhere between the Everlasting Forest and Outer wilderbeastia, remarkable only for its desolation, Wonderlanders who not long before had been law-abiding, family-loving folk slaved away in Redd's most notorious labor camp, Blaxik.   (source)
    desolation = lacking life and that which would support it
  • Have you forgiven the Boy for the violence he did you in the Hall of Images in the desolate palace of accursed Charn?   (source)
    desolate = empty (of life)
  • Such a place the Fallen Angels might have built as a spite to Heaven, dry and sharp, desolate and dangerous, and for me filled with foreboding.   (source)
    desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
  • For this seed one or two desolate places have been chosen, but the young demonstrator shakes his head over them, there is so little food in the soil.   (source)
    desolate = barren (providing no sustenance)
  • all the land was desolate and empty.   (source)
    desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
  • We had to take some of our provisions too, for we were in a perfect desolation, and so far as we could see through the snowfall, there was not even the sign of habitation.   (source)
    desolation = a place lacking that which would support life
  • It was a distinct glimpse: the dug-out, four paddling savages, and the lone white man turning his back suddenly on the headquarters, on relief, on thoughts of home—perhaps; setting his face towards the depths of the wilderness, towards his empty and desolate station.   (source)
    desolate = empty, lonely, providing no support
  • My home was desolate.   (source)
    desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
  • Down in the west the setting sun had left a streak of fiery red, which glared upon the desolation for an instant, like a sullen eye, and frowning lower, lower, lower yet, was lost in the thick gloom of darkest night.   (source)
    desolation = a place that provides no shelter or sustenance
  • I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight.   (source)
    desolation = emptiness that provides no shelter or sustenance
  • Like the desolation of some alien sea breaking on the shores of a world unheard of.   (source)
    desolation = a state of emptiness that provides no shelter or sustenance
  • And when the time comes to die, I'll find the wildest, loneliest, most desolate spot there is.   (source)
    desolate = empty (of life)
  • Before them lay a desolate, rocky plain:   (source)
    desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
  • For the inhabitants of the desert are well trained and well armed against desolation.   (source)
    desolation = a state of emptiness that provides no shelter or sustenance
  • Walking across the desolate wasteland, Stanley thought about his great-grandfather, not the pig stealer but the pig stealer's son, the one who was robbed by Kissin' Kate Barlow.   (source)
    desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
  • Winter's occupation seems to have conquered, overrun and destroyed everything, so that now there is no longer any resistance movement left in nature; all the juices are dead, every sprig of vitality snapped, and now winter itself, an old, corrupt, tired conqueror, loosens its grip on the desolation, recedes a little, grows careless in its watch; sick of victory and enfeebled by the absence of challenge, it begins itself to withdraw from the ruined countryside.   (source)
    desolation = lack of life and support for it
  • Desolate country.   (source)
    desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
  • On December 14, weary of paddling, he hauled the canoe far up the beach, climbed a sandstone bluff, and set up camp on the edge of a desolate plateau.   (source)
    desolate = lacking life and that which would support it
  • The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness.   (source)
  • Desolate.   (source)
    desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
  • The great red hills stand desolate, and the earth has torn away like flesh.   (source)
  • They were come to the Desolation of the Dragon, and they were come at the waning of the year.   (source)
    desolation = a state of emptiness that provides no shelter or sustenance
  • It is all these things together that have made this valley desolate.   (source)
    desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
  • Although it comes with tears, it is like a comfort in such desolation.   (source)
    desolation = a state of emptiness that provides no shelter or sustenance
  • For who would be chief over this desolation?   (source)
  • It was thus that in eleven days from the ruin of the town the head of their host passed the rock-gates at the end of the lake and came into the desolate lands.   (source)
    desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
  • We would see peace once more among dwarves and men and elves after the long desolation; but it may cost you dear in gold.   (source)
    desolation = a state of emptiness that provides no shelter or sustenance
  • Very great indeed was the commotion among all things with wings that dwelt on the borders of the Desolation of the Dragon.   (source)
  • Under the rocky wall to the right there was no path, so on they trudged among the stones on the left side of the river, and the emptiness and desolation soon sobered even Thorin again.   (source)
  • The great heavy clouds swept over the valley, and the lightning flashed over the red desolate hills, where the earth had torn away like flesh.   (source)
    desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
  • And then in one fraction of time the hills with the deep melodious names stood out waste and desolate beneath the pitiless sun, the streams ceased to run, the cattle moved thin and listless over the red and rootless earth.   (source)
  • The castle stood as before, reared high above a waste of desolation.   (source)
    desolation = lacking life and that which would support it
  • I thought of Switzerland; it was far different from this desolate and appalling landscape.   (source)
    desolate = miserable or barren (lacking what supports life)
  • The aspect of the place in the dusk was singularly desolate: blackened trees, blackened, desolate ruins, and down the hill the sheets of the flooded river, red-tinged with the weed.   (source)
    desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
  • I sit in my study writing by lamplight, and suddenly I see again the healing valley below set with writhing flames, and feel the house behind and about me empty and desolate.   (source)
  • I knocked gently and rang as quietly as possible, for I feared to disturb Lucy or her mother, and hoped to only bring a servant to the door.  After a while, finding no response, I knocked and rang again, still no answer. I cursed the laziness of the servants that they should lie abed at such an hour, for it was now ten o'clock, and so rang and knocked again, but more impatiently, but still without response. Hitherto I had blamed only the servants, but now a terrible fear began to assail me. Was this desolation but another link in the chain of doom which seemed drawing tight round us?  Was it indeed a house of death to which I had come, too late?   (source)
    desolation = lack of life
  • Save for such, that big area of common was silent and desolate, and the charred bodies lay about on it all night under the stars, and all the next day.   (source)
    desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
  • It was strange to see the place quite tranquil, quite desolate under the hot blue sky, with the smoke and little threads of flame going straight up into the heat of the afternoon.   (source)
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  • The armies fought over the region for years and desolated it in the process.
    desolated = destroyed
  • Gashes the size of football fields would appear at the mountain base, leaving a desolation of broken roots and upturned trees where once there had been a forest.   (source)
    desolation = destroyed place
  • The band of egwugwu moved like a furious whirlwind to Enoch's compound and with machete and fire reduced it to a desolate heap.   (source)
    desolate = destroyed
  • Though the desolation had not yet arrived, [it] was still in the air, it was certain as man could make it.   (source)
    desolation = destruction
  • But below the tops the grass was dry, and the hills of Ndotsheni were red and bare, and the farmers on the tops had begun to fear that the desolation of them would eat back, year by year, mile by mile, until they too were overtaken.   (source)
  • The Martians, I thought, had gone on and left the country desolated, seeking food elsewhere.   (source)
    desolated = destroyed or emptied
  • It is well that you come here to whine over the desolation that you have made.   (source)
    desolation = destruction
  • of death, desolation and tyranny,   (source)
  • You offer me empty lands and desolations, yet deny me the castles I require to reward my lords and bannermen.†   (source)
  • And Faber was out; there in the deep valleys of the country somewhere the five a.m. bus was on its way from one desolation to another.   (source)
    desolation = destroyed place
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  • It filled me with indescribable terror to think how swiftly that desolating change had come.   (source)
    desolating = destroying or emptying
  • Shall I create another like yourself, whose joint wickedness might desolate the world.   (source)
    desolate = destroy or make miserable
  • And shining with the growing light of the east, three of the metallic giants stood about the pit, their cowls rotating as though they were surveying the desolation they had made.   (source)
    desolation = destruction or emptiness
  • As the water spread the weed followed them, until the ruined villas of the Thames valley were for a time lost in this red swamp, whose margin I explored, and much of the desolation the Martians had caused was concealed.   (source)
  • And through the charred and desolated area—perhaps twenty square miles altogether—that encircled the Martian encampment on Horsell Common, through charred and ruined villages among the green trees, through the blackened and smoking arcades that had been but a day ago pine spinneys, crawled the devoted scouts with the heliographs that were presently to warn the gunners of the Martian approach.   (source)
    desolated = destroyed or emptied
  • It is a scene terrifically desolate. In a thousand spots the traces of the winter avalanche may be perceived, where trees lie broken and strewed on the ground, some entirely destroyed, others bent, leaning upon the jutting rocks of the mountain or transversely upon other trees.   (source)
    desolate = destroyed
  • And my father's woe, and the desolation of that late so smiling home all was the work of my thrice-accursed hands!   (source)
    desolation = destruction
  • The cold is excessive, and many of my unfortunate comrades have already found a grave amidst this scene of desolation.   (source)
  • Three years before, I was engaged in the same manner and had created a fiend whose unparalleled barbarity had desolated my heart and filled it forever with the bitterest remorse.   (source)
    desolated = destroyed
  • From the embrace of all desolations faith leaps forth.†   (source)
  • —ENCHANTMENTS AND DESOLATIONS seemed to ask nothing better than to weep.†   (source)
  • Secondly, All other Churches of Europe have been brought under desolations; and it may be feared that the like judgments are coming upon us; and who knows but God hath provided this place to be a refuge for many whom he means to save out of the general destruction?†   (source)
  • —ENCHANTMENTS AND DESOLATIONS leaves.†   (source)
  • —ENCHANTMENTS AND DESOLATIONS even proved easier for him than for Romeo; Romeo was obliged to scale a wall, Marius had only to use a little force on one of the bars of the decrepit gate which vacillated in its rusty recess, after the fashion of old people's teeth.†   (source)
  • 46:8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.†   (source)
  • 74:3 Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.†   (source)
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  • I woke up desolate.†   (source)
  • He woke in the morning desolate and weary, dwelling on the things he missed.†   (source)
  • Desolate plain at dawn.†   (source)
  • The streets of New York had transformed from holiday festive to cold and desolate.†   (source)
  • Christ wants those who are most oppressed and desolate to turn to his light ….†   (source)
  • Isolated and desolate, it had no main streets.†   (source)
  • The OASIS atlas described Syrinx as "a desolate world with rocky terrain and no NPC inhabitants."†   (source)
  • Harder to understand was the island's complete desolation.†   (source)
  • Curling around a circular pond, the driver cut across a desolate avenue out into a wide quadrangle beyond.†   (source)
  • She sat sulking, looking desolate.†   (source)
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  • Eventually the switchbacks stopped altogether, and they jogged the last mile or so to the flat and desolate wasteland stretching to the horizon.†   (source)
  • I didn't feel desolate, or overwhelmed, or any of the things you should feel when you split apart a love of several years.†   (source)
  • He squinted at the desolate landscape and shook his head.†   (source)
  • Driven by pain and desolation, that evening I risked additional beatings or worse by sneaking over to my father's barracks.†   (source)
  • The butter-colored plywood fading to gray that covered the windows made the place look blind and desolate.†   (source)
  • She pivoted, shackles clanking, and took in the desolate waste that was Endovier.†   (source)
  • I watch my classmates run along a giant track surrounded by a 360-degree screen simulating some desolate warfront road.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The man's desolate voice pursues her, even as his body remains on the other side of the locked gate.†   (source)
  • He closed his eyes on her command, and at once, the screams and bangs and all the discordant sounds of the battle were drowned until they became distant, as though he stood far, far away from them… He was standing in the middle of a desolate but strangely familiar room, with peeling paper on the walls and all the windows boarded up except for one.†   (source)
  • It was desolate outside.†   (source)
  • So did I. Mr. Harvey took the waxy orange sack of my remains to a sinkhole eight miles from our neighborhood, an area that until recently had been desolate save for the railroad tracks and a nearby motorcycle repair shop.†   (source)
  • I'd never entered Coosa Liquors, but it was every bit as desolate as Alaska described.†   (source)
  • He sits on a bench and sketches the town houses in the Place des Vosges, walks along the desolate gravel paths in the Luxembourg Gardens.†   (source)
  • Unquestionably, when it came to dividing, dismantling, dismembering, desolating, detaching, dispossessing, destroying, or dominating, Mama Elena was a pro.†   (source)
  • Tyrion was surprised at how desolate it made him feel to say it, even after all these years.†   (source)
  • "Desolate hole, if you ask me," said Ford.†   (source)
  • No wonder Holder didn't have a clue about how desolate she really felt.†   (source)
  • THE SAN RAFAEL SWELL, as the sun came up, unrolled in inhuman vistas like Mars: sandstone and shale, gorges and desolate rust-red mesas.†   (source)
  • * If there is a more desolate, inhospitable habitation anywhere on the planet, I hope never to see it.†   (source)
  • I'm no longer that fifteenyear-old girl whose world changed shape on a desolate country road.†   (source)
  • Easy access from the air, but remote and desolate for land-bound humans.†   (source)
  • The landscape turns more and more desolate -- sand and scrub brush, jackrabbits and snakes.†   (source)
  • Tuesday, October 7 Ode to Algebra Thrust into this dingy classroom we die like lampless moths locked into the desolation of fluorescent lights and metal desks.†   (source)
  • It rattled through the denuded branches of the hedge animals with a low, beating, desolate sound.†   (source)
  • My dreams died with him on a desolate road in Afghanistan.†   (source)
  • What I felt was complete desolation.†   (source)
  • Wind blew through the desolate town, and dust devils swirled sporadically.†   (source)
  • A desolate banging, from a girl who could count the years since she felt any real presence on the other side of that door.†   (source)
  • I looked at the desolation.†   (source)
  • Desolation hit me with crippling strength.†   (source)
  • I experienced an inevitable feeling of utter desolation.†   (source)
  • No one could bear the idea of the White City lying empty and desolate.†   (source)
  • But they're not merely in desolate country but in desolate country beside an avenue of escape they fail to take.†   (source)
  • Behind Bailey, a picture of an empty polling place appeared, in a desolate high school gym somewhere.†   (source)
  • And no matter, for the sadness was at her center, the desolated center where the self that was no self made its home.†   (source)
  • Chiron must have read my desolate expression.†   (source)
  • It is a lost, desolate sensation, kind of like floating on a life raft in the Pacific Ocean.†   (source)
  • A spot that had for generations been at the center of tumult and loud commotion now was desolate and quiet, except for an occasional car driving past to a nearby industrial park.†   (source)
  • As we turned down one desolate street, a car pulled up.†   (source)
  • It was a sound of inbred desolation.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile, the sound of an engine, so curiously out of place in this desolate wilderness, was getting alarmingly loud.†   (source)
  • Desolate bitter gourds, incomplete pineapples.†   (source)
  • But when I found it, this new road proved, if anything, more desolate than the one I had left.†   (source)
  • Mack inquired, looking again at the lonely and desolate rock field that lay ahead of them.†   (source)
  • As I made my desolate way back to the stairs, my wise self took the opportunity to berate me.†   (source)
  • Disney Hall is the crown jewel in downtown L.A.'s attempt to reinvent itself after years of shabby desolation.†   (source)
  • It was the most desolate part for me.†   (source)
  • Everything looked wretched and desolate, but out of the sordid taverns came the thunder of riotous music, the godless drunken celebration of Pentecost by the poor.†   (source)
  • Arrakis will become a true desolation — without spice or maker.†   (source)
  • At one stretch in the long desolate road we see an isolated grocery store.†   (source)
  • It sounded at intervals with the fog whistle from the lighthouse, a higher note, more desolate.†   (source)
  • A deserted golf course stretched away toward a few hilly dumps of trees, and I felt the whole desolate familiarity of the scene-the country club and the dance and the lawn with its single cricket.†   (source)
  • The camp was desolate at this hour, but there were birds out and about, a great many birds, flying or perched upon the pavilions and the perimeter fence, and Nadia and Saeed looked at these birds who had lost or would soon lose their trees to construction, and Saeed sometimes called out to them with a faint, sibilant, unpuckered whistle, like a balloon slowly deflating.†   (source)
  • Though I must say, I lived in that contented state a long while before I was finally able to look back and admit how desolate my life had once been.†   (source)
  • Snug in my heart, fondling my pearl, I had ignored their cries of desolation.†   (source)
  • From time to time she longed to get away from that desolate region.†   (source)
  • Mama was so desolate, her oldest brother Charlie couldn't stand it.†   (source)
  • There was a desolate, ramshackle feel to the place, suggesting that it sat empty much of the year.†   (source)
  • But Shukhov had never forgotten the words of his first squad leader, Kuziomin--a hard-bitten prisoner who had already been in for twelve years by 1943--who told the newcomers, just in from the front, as they sat beside a fire in a desolate cutting in the forest: "Here, men, we live by the law of the taiga.†   (source)
  • The sidewalks were desolate paths stretching into the fog.†   (source)
  • Sometimes I miss the desolate, empty land.†   (source)
  • The passing of the holiday season left me desolate.†   (source)
  • It looked as desolate as a graveyard.†   (source)
  • And Jim held him and he held her and pulled her free of the silently rushing mirrors coming in from the desolate seas.†   (source)
  • There was nothing memorable in its all too typical poverty and desolateness.†   (source)
  • "Now will you tell me where we are?" asked Tock as he looked around the desolate island.†   (source)
  • Uncle Al is desolate, weeping and honking into his red handkerchief and allowing himself only the occasional upward glance to gauge whether the procession's speed allows for maximum crowd enlargement.†   (source)
  • Desolate.†   (source)
  • In papyrus reeds and desolate flatlands on the western shore of Lake Victoria facing the Sese Islands, there is a fishing village called Kasensero.†   (source)
  • She didn't particularly know her way around Atlanta, but the unfamiliar surroundings—the strange mixture of gleaming glass office buildings, columned houses, stucco McMansions, and long, desolate stretches of worn-out row houses—distracted her with a sense of discovery.†   (source)
  • "But," he thought, as he met once more her desolate eyes, "what is she good for now?"†   (source)
  • The desolation and decay of a deserted house was over all.†   (source)
  • They sat in the shade of the pole and brush ramada in front of the place and sipped their drinks and looked out at the desolate stillness of the little crossroads at noon.†   (source)
  • The avenue was a scene of desolation.†   (source)
  • After tacking on additional railcars to bear the Binglin horses west, the Seabiscuit train rolled out of the East, across the plains and over the Rockies, desolate and white and still in their early, deep winter.†   (source)
  • Men and women, scattered from homeland, family, friends, wander desolate and uncertain, scorched by a toxic sun….†   (source)
  • I was desolate.†   (source)
  • 'How surprised Bilbo would have been to see all the changes in the Desolation of Smaug!'†   (source)
  • As we pass a wooden bridge over a creek, I think of the curved bridge over the goldfish pond at Obasan's house, and the bridges Stephen and I made in the sand to the desolate sound of the sea, and the huge Lions' Gate Bridge in Stanley Park, and the terrifying Capilano swinging bridge that trembled as we crossed it high up in the dangerous air.†   (source)
  • The rain was still falling, and all of the street seemed sodden and desolate in the rain, but beautiful.†   (source)
  • Through the open door she could see her employer pacing up and down with a desolate air.†   (source)
  • It was a desolate, cratered face, sooty with care like an abandoned mining town.†   (source)
  • Snow Flower sat across from me, tears running down her cheeks, but I was so desolate and confused that I could show only my anger.†   (source)
  • Sampson looked around at the small, desolate, and deserted area where I had stopped walking.†   (source)
  • After a restless night I awoke to the desolate Taru, an area of grassless land.†   (source)
  • They were the first cowboys in a wild and desolate land which they took from the Indians.†   (source)
  • In its solitude and desolation she saw a reflection of her own fate, and she repeated several times to herself, I have no one left in the world but Tomas.†   (source)
  • The corridor outside Our Lady's operating suites, normally a desolate stretch where one might find an empty stretcher or a portable X-ray machine parked while the tech took a cigarette break, was now like battalion headquarters at the start of a military campaign.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Below them, in the middle of this desolate white desert, lay a huge valley.†   (source)
  • Lucky wasn't looking forward to a mile walk down the highway, but it wasn't a good idea for a Latino or African American man to walk alone on this desolate stretch of Kentucky back road.†   (source)
  • A few stars appeared in the desolate sky.†   (source)
  • He was astonished how desolate a street in Stockholm can be at 3:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning in March.†   (source)
  • The departure of the two boys left both grandparents feeling desolate.†   (source)
  • The building was a desolate sight.†   (source)
  • It seemed a desolate kind of place.†   (source)
  • Lourdes stands and circles the desolate bridge tower.†   (source)
  • The experience carved his face, painted a dull sheen of desolation in his eyes, and sculpted his body into angles of rage and dread.†   (source)
  • For a few days I was desolate, but then I decided that if you can't catch crabs where you are, you move your pots.†   (source)
  • The desolation of the prospect engulfed me.†   (source)
  • Attolia was alone as she had always been, but she had never felt so desolate.†   (source)
  • Ahead was desolation.†   (source)
  • Billy drove through a scene of even greater desolation.†   (source)
  • He was swept with sadness, a sadness deep and penetrating, leaving him desolate like someone washed up on a beach, a lone survivor in a world full of strangers.†   (source)
  • The streets have turned desolate and empty of people.†   (source)
  • Had he watched her desolate loneliness as she was now watching his?†   (source)
  • It passed through my dreams at 11:42 every night and at different times it had passed through malarial jungles, arguments with my mother, the slopes of mountains, the gardens of Annie Kate, the glooms beneath the Atlantic—it rumbled through my dreams each night at the exact same time and I am sure I would have known it if some accident had derailed it somewhere along the desolate tracks that cut through the marshes of the lowcountry and it had failed to come.†   (source)
  • It all looked empty and desolate, yet I had the eerie feeling that many sets of eyes were locked on us from the dark windows of the derelict buildings as we cruised by.†   (source)
  • I'm in a desolate place.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • It crossed and recrossed the river Aniene, and rattled down desolate boulevards scored by the patterned shadows of iron fences and trees.†   (source)
  • Before the peace of Westphalia (1648), thirty years of war desolated Germany.†   (source)
  • The crystal shard was not content with an existence in a desolate mountain range, where the only servants were lowly goblins.†   (source)
  • Louder and more desperately it called: Save me from destruction, ruin and desolation.†   (source)
  • They plunged eastward for another twenty minutes or so, the terrain growing drier and more desolate with each passing mile.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • In all those paths, the Red men dwindled, confined to tiny preserves of desolate land, until the whole land was White, and therefore brutalized into submission, stripped and cut and ravished, giving vast amounts of food that was only an imitation of the true harvest, poisoned into life by alchemical trickery.†   (source)
  • For a moment, Paul Berlin had a sense of being whisked backward in history: deserted streets, lamp-less and desolate and cruel.†   (source)
  • It is difficult at times to repress the thought that history is about as instructive as an abattoir; that Tacitus was right and that peace is merely the desolation left behind after the decisive operations of merciless power.†   (source)
  • The farther we went, the more desolate and lonely it became.†   (source)
  • The message was clear and desolating.†   (source)
  • And in that moment Fey lifted up her muzzle and gave a low, desolate moan.†   (source)
  • Shortly after midnight she found herself in a phone booth, in a desolate, unfamiliar, unlit district of San Narciso.†   (source)
  • Not quite torture, it . was a limbo of desolating discomfort.†   (source)
  • With the accretion of years, the hundreds of photographs—life as I found it, all unposed—constitute a record of that desolate period; but most of what I learned for myself came right at the time and directly out of the taking of the pictures.†   (source)
  • It was a song so desolate that the coyotes answered it from the gullies beyond.†   (source)
  • As it was the sun was setting as they clambered on to the rim of the hills, and saw the country to southward stretching away in front of them, bathed in golden light: a magnificent panorama: a scene of primeval desolation: mile after hundred mile of desert, sand and scrub.†   (source)
  • The weather stayed clement and all of the wood to our left was a desolate, blackened ruin.†   (source)
  • When they reached the top they saw that it was a very small island, not more than twenty acres; and from this height the sea looked larger and more desolate than it did from the deck, or even the fighting top, of the Dawn Treader.†   (source)
  • I felt desolate.†   (source)
  • Simply this: The noblest fate that a man can endure is to place his own mortal body between his loved home and the war's desolation.†   (source)
  • He felt like a man out walking against his will on some desolate mountainside.†   (source)
  • No, there were no more goals, there was nothing left but the deep, painful yearning to shake off this whole desolate dream, to spit out this stale wine, to put an end to this miserable and shameful life.†   (source)
  • He said that a man had to escape to the country to see the world whole and that he wished he lived in a desolate place like this where he could see the sun go down every evening like God made it to do.†   (source)
  • There was no answer but the shivers of desolation.†   (source)
  • It was a desolate spot that de Jong had chosen for his picnic: a strip of canal with a couple of shell-torn piliboxes, some parched, sandy fields, and on the east-. em side a sparse pinewood lying about two hundred yards from the gravel road which bordered the canal.†   (source)
  • Then it's desolate.†   (source)
  • That yet in that desolation, he was not without companions.†   (source)
  • They left the office and walked down through the desolate, empty building to the courtyard.†   (source)
  • In the village the storm had left disaster and desolation worse than on our own doorstep.†   (source)
  • All night upon mine heart I felt her warm heart beat, Night-long within mine arms in love and sleep she lay; Surely the kisses of her bought red mouth were sweet; But I was desolate and sick of an old passion, When I awoke and found the dawn was gray: I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.†   (source)
  • Unfamiliar desolation.†   (source)
  • Where it had burned, lay black expanses of desolation, and still, here and there, fallen logs smoked in the blackness, faint tendrils of smoke showing gray against the charred landscape.†   (source)
  • "I know," Alice said, her face suddenly desolate.†   (source)
  • The rings began to sound hollow, desolate.†   (source)
  • I felt desolate, and also grouchy and bloated.†   (source)
  • I finally understood why he and his friends preferred that desolate hallway to the cafeteria.†   (source)
  • They were so cute together it made me feel desolate.†   (source)
  • But here the countryside is too desolate and dry to live off the land, and begging is too chancy.†   (source)
  • The imposing desolation was barren of any animals except for a bird gliding on the zephyrs.†   (source)
  • After entering the game, Wang found himself in the middle of a desolate plain at dawn.†   (source)
  • Hearing his words and the desolation in his voice causes me nothing but guilt.†   (source)
  • The terrain grows more desolate, more barren, as they near Afghanistan.†   (source)
  • Babette raised her face to me, sorrowing and pale, her eyes showing a helpless desolation.†   (source)
  • When they landed, the airport was desolate.†   (source)
  • He said that he couldn't bear to think of them spending a lonely, desolate Christmas in England.†   (source)
  • His eyes fell on a frontier scene: a desolate valley terminating in a snowcapped mountain.†   (source)
  • The thrill and excitement cooled, and all that remained was a sense of loss and desolation.†   (source)
  • In the deep silence of midnight, the universe revealed itself to its listeners as a vast desolation.†   (source)
  • In the deep silence of midnight, the universe revealed itself to its listeners as a vast desolation.†   (source)
  • But the stronger it got, the more desolate he became.†   (source)
  • They set off across desolate, hilly countryside;.†   (source)
  • She could not have conceived of a more desolate cortege.†   (source)
  • Desolation sweeps through me: I feel, for no good reason, that I have been abandoned.†   (source)
  • He turned south and found a desolate forest outside Seglora.†   (source)
  • Ithilien, the garden of Gondor now desolate kept still a dishevelled dryad loveliness.†   (source)
  • The cramped front room seemed so empty without Billy, almost desolate.†   (source)
  • They left the city and were soon on the same desolate highway.†   (source)
  • At Saltpans, they had found only death and desolation.†   (source)
  • All of a sudden, Du Weldenvarden seemed much more lonely and desolate.†   (source)
  • Around them the land turned ever more desolate.†   (source)
  • Looking about them, Roran said, "It's rather desolate, isn't it?" and Eragon had to agree.†   (source)
  • He looked all around him, dazed by the desolation.†   (source)
  • In a corner of the sky, a desolate quarter moon hangs.†   (source)
  • My sweet darlings, Your poor mother is desolate without you.†   (source)
  • Afraid, angry, they ran, taking refuge in the most desolate part of the realms—the Winterlands.†   (source)
  • Winterfell was burned and desolate, Bran and Rickon dead and cold.†   (source)
  • I listened to him go and settled to what would surely be a desolate night, a deathwatch merely.†   (source)
  • The land is so pale and desolate that I might be standing on a distant, dead moon.†   (source)
  • He rocked back and forth, blind to anything but the desolation of the world.†   (source)
  • Nor did he understand what force within this body had driven him into such a desolate place.†   (source)
  • The great stronghold of House Stark was a scorched desolation.†   (source)
  • It was a sere and desolate land of low hills and barren windswept plains.†   (source)
  • She said, her voice quietly desolate, "That's what I came here forto try to understand.†   (source)
  • This priceless gift from that unknown man totally renewed my tired body and desolate spirit.†   (source)
  • The anticipated landing site was a desolate area in northeastern Arizona.†   (source)
  • I'll throw in other twenty cents," he said with a desolate voice.†   (source)
  • The feeling of desolation persisted when they turned off the road at the squadron.†   (source)
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