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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Desolate \Des"o*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Desolated; p. pr. & vb. n. Desolating.] 1. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the flood. [1913 Webster] 2. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a fire desolates a city. [1913 Webster] Constructed in the very heart of a desolating war. --Sparks. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

46 Moby Thesaurus words for "desolating": agonizing, baneful, calamitous, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophic, consuming, consumptive, deadly, demolishing, demolitionary, depredatory, destroying, destructive, devastating, disastrous, doomful, excruciating, fatal, fateful, fratricidal, harrowing, heartbreaking, heartrending, heartsickening, heartwounding, internecine, nihilist, nihilistic, racking, ravaging, rending, ruining, ruinous, self-destructive, subversionary, subversive, suicidal, tormenting, torturous, vandalic, vandalish, vandalistic, wasteful, wasting, withering