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wil·der·ness

 (wĭl′dər-nĭs)
n.
1. An unsettled, uncultivated region, especially:
a. A large tract of land that has not been significantly affected by human activities.
b. A tract of land officially protected from development and other high-impact human activities.
c. A barren or desolate area; a wasteland.
2. Something characterized by bewildering vastness, perilousness, or unchecked profusion: a wilderness of unknown city streets; a wilderness of voices.
3. A state of neglect, powerlessness, or disfavor: "The failure of the Clinton health plan in 1994 opened the door to the Republicans' capture of Congress after forty years in the wilderness" (Jacob S. Hacker).

[Middle English, from Old English *wilddēornes, probably from wilddēor, wild beast : wilde, wild + dēor, wild animal.]

wilderness

(ˈwɪldənɪs)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a wild, uninhabited, and uncultivated region
2. any desolate tract or area
3. a confused mass or collection
4. a voice in the wilderness a voice crying in the wilderness a person, group, etc, making a suggestion or plea that is ignored
5. in the wilderness no longer having influence, recognition, or publicity
[Old English wildēornes, from wildēor wild beast (from wild + dēor beast, deer) + -ness; related to Middle Dutch wildernisse, German Wildernis]

Wilderness

(ˈwɪldənɪs)
n
1. (Placename) the Wilderness the barren regions to the south and east of Palestine, esp those in which the Israelites wandered before entering the Promised Land and in which Christ fasted for 40 days and nights
2. (Theology) the Wilderness the barren regions to the south and east of Palestine, esp those in which the Israelites wandered before entering the Promised Land and in which Christ fasted for 40 days and nights

wil•der•ness

(ˈwɪl dər nɪs)

n.
1. a wild, uncultivated, uninhabited region, as of forest or desert.
2. a part of a garden set apart for plants to grow unchecked.
3. a bewildering mass or collection.
[1150–1200; Middle English; Old English *wil(d)dēornes= either wil(d)dēor wild beast (see wild, deer) + -nes -ness, or wilddēoren wild, savage (wilddēor + -en -en2) + (-n)es -ness]

Wil•der•ness

(ˈwɪl dər nɪs)

n.
a wooded area in NE Virginia: several battles fought here in 1864 between the armies of Grant and Lee.

Wilderness

 a mingled confusion; a large number of people, animals, or things, 1588.
Examples: wilderness of interminable air, 1821; of books, 1868; of more rare conceits, 1824; of enquiry, 1664; of faults or follies, 1775; of masts on the rivers, 1857; of monkeys, 1596; of sea, 1588; of steeples, 1857; of tigers, 1588; of trees, 1613; of waves, 1865; of wretches, 1616.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wilderness - (politics) a state of disfavor; "he led the Democratic party back from the wilderness"
political relation, politics - social relations involving intrigue to gain authority or power; "office politics is often counterproductive"
disfavor, disfavour - the state of being out of favor; "he is in disfavor with the king"
2.Wilderness - a wooded region in northeastern Virginia near Spotsylvania where bloody but inconclusive battles were fought in the American Civil War
Old Dominion, Old Dominion State, VA, Virginia - a state in the eastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies; one of the Confederate States in the American Civil War
3.wilderness - a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural conditionwilderness - a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition; "it was a wilderness preserved for the hawks and mountaineers"
barren, wasteland, waste - an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"
bush - a large wilderness area
frontier - a wilderness at the edge of a settled area of a country; "the individualism of the frontier in Andrew Jackson's day"
4.wilderness - a bewildering profusion; "the duties of citizenship are lost sight of in the wilderness of interests of individuals and groups"; "a wilderness of masts in the harbor"
profuseness, profusion, richness, cornucopia - the property of being extremely abundant; "the profusion of detail"; "the idiomatic richness of English"

wilderness

noun
1. wilds, waste, desert, wasteland, uncultivated region He looked out over a wilderness of mountain, lake and forest.
2. tangle, confusion, maze, muddle, clutter, jumble, welter, congeries, confused mass The neglected cemetery was a wilderness of crumbling gravestones and parched grass.

wilderness

noun
1. A tract of unproductive land:
badlands, barren (often used in plural), desert, waste, wasteland.
2. An uninhabited region left in its natural state:
Translations
قَفْر، بَريَّه
divočina
ødemarkørken
erämaakairakorpi
désertérème
óbyggî, öræfi, eyîimörk
dykynė
tuksnesīga/mežonīga vieta
dziczmanowcepustkowiepustynia
vahşî araziyaban

wilderness

[ˈwɪldənɪs] N (= desert) → desierto m; (= hills) → monte m; (= virgin land) → tierra f virgen
a wilderness of ruinsun desierto de ruinas
he spent four years in the wilderness before returning to power (fig) → pasó cuatro años al margen de la política antes de volver al poder

wilderness

[ˈwɪldərnəs] n
(= wild region) → régions fpl sauvages
area of wilderness, wilderness area → espace m naturel
one of the largest areas of wilderness in North America → l'un des plus vastes espaces naturels d'Amérique du Nord
in the wilderness (= not prominent, not active) → en pleine traversée du désert

wilderness

nWildnis f; (fig)Wüste f; a voice crying in the wildernessdie Stimme eines Rufenden in der Wüste

wilderness

[ˈwɪldənɪs] n (gen) → deserto; (neglected garden) → giungla

wilderness

(ˈwildənəs) noun
(a) desert or wild area of a country etc.
References in classic literature ?
All these heaviest things the load-bearing spirit taketh upon itself: and like the camel, which, when laden, hasteneth into the wilderness, so hasteneth the spirit into its wilderness.
But in the loneliest wilderness happeneth the second metamorphosis: here the spirit becometh a lion; freedom will it capture, and lordship in its own wilderness.
Fort Osage, and other places on the borders of the western wilderness, abound with characters of the kind, ready for any expedition.
Though he was to travel through a trackless wilderness, yet the greater part of his route would lie across open plains, destitute of forests, and where wheel carriages can pass in every direction.
There is many and many a long mile of howling wilderness before us yet; nor would it avail me anything if the smoke of my own chimney were but on the other side of that swell of land.
I guided them to the spot where my comrade was expecting death; and he is now a hale and hearty man upon his own farm, far within the frontiers, while I lie wounded here in the depths of the wilderness.
Among the passengers was John Winthrop, who had sold the estate of his forefathers, and was going to prepare a new home for his wife and children in the wilderness.
Thus we behold Kentucke, lately an howling wilderness, the habitation of savages and wild beasts, become a fruitful field; this region, so favourably distinguished by nature, now become the habitation of civilization, at a period unparalleled in history, in the midst of a raging war, and under all the disadvantages of emigration to a country so remote from the inhabited parts of the continent.
A token of the perils of the wilderness was seen in the grim head of a wolf, which had just been slain within the precincts of the town, and according to the regular mode of claiming the bounty, was nailed on the porch of the meeting-house.
Rushworth to her son, "I believe the wilderness will be new to all the party.
I was at an age when imagination lends its coloring to everything, and the stories of these Sinbads of the wilderness made the life of a trapper and fur trader perfect romance to me.
The whole country was then a wilderness, and it was necessary to transport the bag gage of the troops by means of the rivers—a devious but practicable route.