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desolate
used in A Christmas Carol

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Definition
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.
    3 — The Second of the Three Spirits (62% in)
desolation = a place 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.)
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