desolate - Dictionary definition and meaning for word desolate
de + solate sounds like I + SOLATE..and who lives an isolated life? Obviously a person who has been ABANDONED by his family.
I-SOLATE. Being the last survior after the destruction.
desolate: de(the) + sol (solution) + ate (eaten); The solution of the examination destroyed, Therefore we are unhappy.
desolate-> de+isolate abandon and desert