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desolate
used in Frankenstein

3 meanings, 17 uses
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1  —9 uses as in:
felt desolate
Definition
sad or miserable—and often lonely
  • Know that, one by one, my friends were snatched away; I was left desolate.
    Chapter 23 (55% in)
desolate = miserable (sad and lonely)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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.
    Chapter 7 (31% in)
  • desolating = causing sadness or misery
  • 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.
    Chapter 7 (74% in)
  • desolated = sad and miserable
  • It was dark when I awoke; I felt cold also, and half frightened, as it were, instinctively, finding myself so desolate.
    Chapter 11 (9% in)
  • 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.
    Chapter 16 (72% in)
  • desolate = miserable
  • If, therefore, I could seize him and educate him as my companion and friend, I should not be so desolate in this peopled earth.
    Chapter 16 (77% in)
  • desolate = miserable and lonely
  • 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.
    Chapter 16 (84% in)
  • desolation = sadness and misery

    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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.
    Chapter 17 (20% in)
  • desolate = destroy
  • Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone.
    Chapter 24 (91% in)
desolation = sadness and misery

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
There are no more uses of "desolate" flagged with this meaning in Frankenstein.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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2  —2 uses as in:
a desolate place
Definition
empty, providing 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.
    Introductory Letters (3% in)
desolation = emptiness that provides no shelter or sustenance

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I thought of Switzerland; it was far different from this desolate and appalling landscape.
    Chapter 19 (88% in)
desolate = miserable or barren (lacking what supports life)
There are no more uses of "desolate" flagged with this meaning in Frankenstein.

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3  —6 uses as in:
desolated the region
Definition
destroyed; or emptied of people; or emptied of most plants and animals
  • It is well that you come here to whine over the desolation that you have made.
    Chapter 24 (86% in)
desolation = destruction

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • And my father's woe, and the desolation of that late so smiling home all was the work of my thrice-accursed hands!
    Chapter 8 (95% in)
  • desolation = destruction

    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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.
    Chapter 10 (21% in)
  • desolate = destroyed
  • Shall I create another like yourself, whose joint wickedness might desolate the world.
    Chapter 17 (9% in)
  • desolate = destroy or make miserable
  • 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.
    Chapter 20 (3% in)
  • desolated = destroyed
  • The cold is excessive, and many of my unfortunate comrades have already found a grave amidst this scene of desolation.
    Chapter 24 (55% in)
desolation = destruction

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
There are no more uses of "desolate" flagged with this meaning in Frankenstein.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary / more samples — Oxford® USDictionary list — Onelook.com®