late 14c., "action of laying waste," also "sorrow, grief," from Old French desolacion (12c.) "desolation, devastation, hopelessness, despair," from Church Latin desolationem (nominative desolatio), noun of action from past participle stem of desolare (see desolate (adj.)). Meaning "condition of being ruined or wasted" is from early 15c.
1. Kozelek expresses his sense of desolation absolutely without self-pity.
2. We looked out upon a scene of desolation and ruin.
3. a scene of utter desolation
4. We couldn't stay out there in that desolation another day.