Part of speech: noun

An uncultivated or uninhabited region; a waste.

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Usage examples "wilderness":

  1. The institution is dedicated to St. Mary, but this little chapel looks, though in the midst of a city, as if it should have been sacred to St. John of the wilderness. - "Domestic Manners of the Americans", Fanny Trollope.
  2. He is gone into the wilderness with his mother to gather dates and other fruits. - "Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers", W. A. Clouston.
  3. I shall always remember the war- dance which now took place; it was a sight only to be seen in the wilderness, and where civilisation has made no progress. - "The White Chief of the Caffres", A.W. Drayson.