With etymological origin in the Latin word desolatio, desolation is he act and result of desolate or desolate. East verb (to desolate), meanwhile, refers to destroy or cause sadness or anguish.
It can be said that desolation appears with something smashed or ruined. Suppose that, in a certain territory, a bloody civil war. The bombings caused the collapse of numerous buildings and leave public spaces in ruins. Faced with this panorama, many people lament the desolation of the region in question.
Take the case of a government that does not invest in the maintenance of a park. The monuments of the place look deteriorated, with graffiti and paint damage. Vegetation, on the other hand, was lost with the passage of time. It is also common for criminals to gather there. For all these issues, the park is desolate.
Sometimes desolation is associated with lack of life. When the presence of Humans and the environment is very arid, without plants, it is common to mention the desolation of the site.
Now imagine a little traveled road through a desert. It is common for motorists to travel hundreds of kilometers without crossing other drivers, as it is a rarely used road. Also, the landscape is not attractive: there are no crops or flowers. Those who must advance along this road, often allude to the desolation of the way, which even generates anguish or anxiety.
It is important to note that this term is not used very often in everyday speech. However, it does not belong to that group of words that only appear in the field of literature: it is a special case, which sometimes contributes a emphasis extra in the popular language, and that is why it has reserved its place in informal conversations.
This is not exclusive to very technical or specific words, since it is also recorded with phrases of a very exaggerated tone, such as “I’m starving!” to express that we are very hungry and that we cannot wait for the food to arrive, for example.
If we arrive at a sea beach where there seems to be no life, we can say many different things to express our amazement. Without adding any nuance of humor nor of personal opinion, enough with “There doesn’t seem to be anyone else”. However, if we want to emphasize our surprise and elicit a response in others, such as laughter, there are always these words or phrases that apparently would not be used in these contexts; for instance: “Oh my gosh, what a desolation!”.
Let’s see below some of the most common synonyms for the word desolation: anguish, grief, pain, sadness, regret Y abandonment. In this case, two antonyms that we can mention are joy Y joy. On the other hand, the first paragraphs show examples that correspond more to the following synonyms: ruin, devastation Y devastation.
We can notice that the second list of synonyms seems to express certain aspects of a site that are more objective than subjective, although they are not at one extreme either. If we feel devastated because we have suffered a damage very deep, impossible to put into words or to overcome, such as the death of a loved one, it goes without saying that objectivity has no place in this very personal situation. Instead, appeal to the word desolation To describe a road that appears to have been abandoned is closer to an objective observation, since the absence of people and the lack of maintenance can be undeniable in the eyes of any person.
“Desolation”, finally, is a construction site from the Chilean writer Gabriela Mistral. This book was first published in 1922.