Wilderness meaning

wĭldər-nĭs
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.

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An uncultivated, uninhabited region; waste; wild.
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An unsettled, uncultivated region, especially:
  • A large tract of land that has not been significantly affected by human activities.
  • A barren or desolate area; a wasteland.
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A large, confused mass or tangle.
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(obs.) A wild condition or quality.
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Something characterized by bewildering vastness, perilousness, or unchecked profusion.

A wilderness of unknown city streets; a wilderness of voices.

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Any barren, empty, or open area, as of ocean.
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(place) Woodland region in NE Va., south of the Rapidan River: scene of a Civil War battle (May, 1864) between the armies of Grant and Lee.
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An unsettled and uncultivated tract of land left in its natural state.
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Origin of wilderness

  • Middle English from Old English wilddēornes probably from wilddēor wild beast wilde wild dēor wild animal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Either from unattested Old English *wilddÄ“ornes (cognate with Dutch wildernis, German Wildnis), or from Old English wilddÄ“oren (“wild, savage") + -nes (“-ness").

    From Wiktionary