- The definition of a wilderness is a rough, uninhabited or neglected region.
A wooded area with no civilized life on the borders of a town is an example of the wilderness.
- an uncultivated, uninhabited region; waste; wild
- any barren, empty, or open area, as of ocean
- a large, confused mass or tangle
- Obsolete a wild condition or quality
Origin: Middle English wildernesse from wilderne, wild place (from Old English wilddeor, wild animal from wilde, wild plush deor, animal, deer) plush -nesse, -ness
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- An unsettled, uncultivated region left in its natural condition, especially:a. A large wild tract of land covered with dense vegetation or forests.b. An extensive area, such as a desert or ocean, that is barren or empty; a waste.c. A piece of land set aside to grow wild.
- Something characterized by bewildering vastness, perilousness, or unchecked profusion: the wilderness of the city; the wilderness of counterespionage; a wilderness of voices.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English *wilddēornes, probably from wilddēor, wild beast : wilde, wild + dēor, wild animal.