waste·​land | \ ˈwāst-ˌland also -lənd How to pronounce wasteland (audio) \

Definition of wasteland

1 : barren or uncultivated land a desert wasteland
2 : an ugly often devastated or barely inhabitable place or area
3 : something (such as a way of life) that is spiritually and emotionally arid and unsatisfying

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Examples of wasteland in a Sentence

The outskirts of the city became a grim industrial wasteland. That part of the country is a cultural wasteland. the vast wasteland of television
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Other raves found temporary homes in San Bernardino landfills, Native American reservations and desert wastelands. Simon Rust Lamb, Billboard, "How Organic Made History As Southern California's First Legitimate Dance Fest," 20 June 2019 That’s not to suggest TV writing was a wasteland before her. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Emily Nussbaum can't keep up with all the TV and she's OK with that," 17 June 2019 Woman even chose to live on her own in the wasteland instead of staying in the bunker with Daughter. Sydney Bucksbaum, refinery29.com, "What The Twist Ending Of Netflix's I Am Mother Means," 10 June 2019 Fallout 76 is Bethesda’s attempt to turn the sprawling post-apocalyptic wasteland into a social, multiplayer experience. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fallout 76 journal: an ongoing exploration of post-apocalyptic West Virginia," 14 Nov. 2018 Pictures released by NWS Sacramento showed the scorched area resembling an apocalyptic wasteland. Chris Irvine, Fox News, "'Fire tornado' reached 143 mph as it caused path of destruction in scorched California," 3 Aug. 2018 Not far in our future, San Diego is a perpetually burning wasteland, the Arctic has melted and Dag Calhoun, a partner at a lobbying firm called Apex Group, helps rich people get richer from catastrophe. New York Times, "Heart-Hammering Science Fiction and Fantasy Thrillers," 22 June 2018 Veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn worried that the Philadelphia Flyers had traded him to a hockey wasteland when he was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2015. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Florida Man Turns City Into America’s Unlikeliest Hockey Hotbed," 11 Apr. 2019 The West Virginian wasteland is full of familiar creatures like deathclaws, feral ghouls, and other mutated monstrosities. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of wasteland

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wasteland was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of wasteland

: land where nothing can grow or be built : land that is not usable
: an ugly and often ruined place or area
: something that is being compared to a large, empty area of land because it has no real value or interest


waste·​land | \ ˈwāst-ˌland How to pronounce wasteland (audio) \

Kids Definition of wasteland

: land that is barren or not fit for crops

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