(Des"o*late*ly) adv. In a desolate manner.
(Des"o*late*ness), n. The state of being desolate.
(Des"o*la`ter) n. One who, or that which, desolates or lays waste. Mede.
(Des`o*la"tion) n. [F. désolation, L. desolatio.]
1. The act of desolating or laying waste; destruction of inhabitants; depopulation.
Unto the end of the war desolations are determined.Dan. ix. 26.
2. The state of being desolated or laid waste; ruin; solitariness; destitution; gloominess.
You would have sold your king to slaughter, . . .Shak.
And his whole kingdom into desolation.
3. A place or country wasted and forsaken.
How is Babylon become a desolation!Jer. l. 23.
Syn. Waste; ruin; destruction; havoc; devastation; ravage; sadness; destitution; melancholy; gloom; gloominess.
(Des"o*la`tor) n. [L.] Same as Desolater. Byron.
(Des"o*la*to*ry) a. [L. desolatorius.] Causing desolation. [R.] Bp. Hall.
(De`so*phis"ti*cate) v. t. To clear from sophism or error. [R.] Hare.
(Des`ox*al"ic) a. [F. pref. des- from + E. oxalic.] (Chem.) Made or derived from oxalic
acid; as, desoxalic acid.
(De*spair") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Despaired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Despairing.] [OE. despeiren,
dispeiren, OF. desperer, fr. L. desperare; de- + sperare to hope; akin to spes hope, and perh. to spatium
space, E. space, speed; cf. OF. espeir hope, F. espoir. Cf. Prosper, Desperate.] To be hopeless; to
have no hope; to give up all hope or expectation; often with of.
We despaired even of life.2 Cor. i. 8.
Never despair of God's blessings here.Wake.
Syn. See Despond.
(De*spair"), v. t.
1. To give up as beyond hope or expectation; to despair of. [Obs.]
I would not despair the greatest design that could be attempted.Milton.
2. To cause to despair. [Obs.] Sir W. Williams.
(De*spair"), n. [Cf. OF. despoir, fr. desperer.]
1. Loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency.
We in dark dreams are tossing to and fro,Keble.
Pine with regret, or sicken with despair.
Before he [Bunyan] was ten, his sports were interrupted by fits of remorse and despair.Macaulay.