Textual thesaurus for "desolate"

(adj) bleak, bare, barren, stark

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

(verb) devastate, scourge, lay waste to, ravage, waste

cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion

(verb) depopulate

reduce in population

The epidemic depopulated the countryside

(verb) abandon, forsake, desert

leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

The mother deserted her children