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Desolation, 1) destitution, solitariness: “you have lived in d. here,” LLL V, 2, 357. where thou art not, (there is) “d.” H6B III, 2, 364. “my d. does begin to make a better life,” Ant. V, 2, 1. “there were d. of gaolers and gallowses,” Cymb. V, 4, 213.
2) depopulation, waste: John II, 386. H5 II, 2, 173. III, 3, 18. R3 IV, 4, 409. Per. I, 4, 89.
3) want of comfort, despair: “a careless d.” As III, 2, 400.
Misapplied: LLL I, 2, 165.
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