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wilderness (ˈwɪldənɪs Pronunciation for wilderness

Definitions

noun

  1. a wild, uninhabited, and uncultivated region
  2. any desolate tract or area
  3. a confused mass or collection
  4. See a voice in the wilderness

  5. See in the wilderness

Word Origin

Old English wildēornes, from wildēor wild beast (from wild + dēor beast, deer) + -ness; related to Middle Dutch wildernisse, German Wildernis

Synonyms

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= wilds, waste, desert, wasteland, uncultivated region
= tangle, confusion, maze, muddle, clutter, jumble, welter, congeries, confused mass, jungle

Wilderness (ˈwɪldənɪs Pronunciation for Wilderness

Definitions

noun

  1. See the Wilderness

Translations for 'wilderness'

  • British English: wilderness A wilderness is a desert or other area of natural land which is not used by people. NOUN...the icy wilderness.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: ermo
  • Chinese: 荒野
  • European Spanish: desierto
  • French: région sauvage
  • German: Wildnis
  • Italian: area disabitata
  • Japanese: 荒野
  • Korean: 황야
  • Portuguese: ermo
  • Spanish: desierto

Example Sentences Including 'wilderness'

But the difference was, the barbarians could afford to lose an occasional battle, then just fade back into the wilderness.
Smith, Mitchell Stone City
Callahan took Magee from boxing's wilderness to make him one of the best fighters in the world.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
Donald Buck, an 18-year-old root digger, was found after spending 27 days in the mosquito-infested wilderness of northwestern Manitoba.
Globe and Mail (2003)
He was not willing to leave them lying open in the wilderness for any eyes to see.
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)
No sign of human life as the vehicle headed steadily east into a wilderness.
Forbes, Colin Cover Story
Rabbits should not risk their lives in wilderness areas during this period.
Rocky Siu-Kwong Sung ROCKY SUNG'S GUIDE TO CHINESE ASTROLOGY AND FENG SHUI 2003 (2002)
She paints a portrait of a manically driven man staring at the sky in an Arctic wilderness , engaging in the pioneering science of the day.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The overgrown nature of the plants is effective in conjuring up notions of wilderness in such a limited space, which is admirable.
Country Life (2004)
ca) has been conducting "luxury" camping trips into the Canadian wilderness.
Globe and Mail (2003)

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