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wilderness

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noun wil·der·ness \ˈwil-dər-nəs\

Simple Definition of wilderness

  • : a wild and natural area in which few people live

Full Definition of wilderness

  1. 1 a (1) :  a tract or region uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings (2) :  an area essentially undisturbed by human activity together with its naturally developed life community b :  an empty or pathless area or region <in remote wildernesses of space groups of nebulae are found — G. W. Gray †1960> c :  a part of a garden devoted to wild growth

  2. 2 obsolete :  wild or uncultivated state

  3. 3 a :  a confusing multitude or mass :  an indefinitely great number or quantity <I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys — Shakespeare> b :  a bewildering situation <those moral wildernesses of civilized life — Norman Mailer>

Examples of wilderness

  1. She enjoys hikes through the wilderness.

  2. <released the wolf back into the wilderness>



Origin of wilderness

Middle English, from wildern wild, from Old English wilddēoren of wild beasts


First Known Use: 13th century

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WILDERNESS Defined for Kids

wilderness

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noun wil·der·ness \ˈwil-dər-nəs\

Definition of wilderness

  1. :  an area in its natural state in which few or no people live





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