leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
reduce in population
cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
- Yet, with this exhilaration, a desolating emptiness.
- It was a desolating bit of reason: there was nobody in the house.
- Most desolating were those evenings the belle-mere had envisaged for them.
- Let not your enemies, with their desolating doctrines, degrade your souls, and enervate your virtues!No, Chaumette, no!
- You can wander across prairie country that has the desolating immensity of the ocean.
- "So also I will make you sick, striking you down, Desolating you because of your sins.