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Definition of "wilderness" []

  • An unsettled, uncultivated region left in its natural condition, especially: (noun)
  • A large wild tract of land covered with dense vegetation or forests. (noun)
  • An extensive area, such as a desert or ocean, that is barren or empty; a waste. (noun)
  • A piece of land set aside to grow wild. (noun)
  • Something characterized by bewildering vastness, perilousness, or unchecked profusion: the wilderness of the city; the wilderness of counterespionage; a wilderness of voices. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wilderness" in a sentence
  • "Hunter, that it is to be understood of destruction in the wilderness, and the answer stands thus -- _My wrath shall wax hot against Israel and consume them -- they shall all die in the wilderness_, THEREFORE, _now go lead them to"
  • "I thought we were probably the first _human_ beings that ever took up their residence for a night in this wilderness -- not _howling wilderness_, for I believe no wild animals would inhabit it."
  • "Who would lead the line as Rafael Benitez's side bid to end their 20 years in the title wilderness?"