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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My neighborhood in West Baltimore is now an economic wasteland. John Blake, CNN, "What both the left and the right get wrong about my neighborhood in Baltimore," 3 Aug. 2019 Earlier, in December 2018, an expert committee formed by the MoEFCC had come out with a report recommending the leasing of wasteland to the corporate sector for re-greening. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "India is counting on private players to rejuvenate its forests, but will that work?," 24 July 2019 My inbox is a wasteland of free trials canceled just in the nick of time. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Plex makes piracy just another streaming service," 23 July 2019 What had been the wealthiest nation in South America is now a wasteland of poverty for the citizens, and a golden throne built on theft and corruption by the current totalitarian demagogues. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Private-public partnership for U.S. 36 was a mistake (7/17/19)," 18 July 2019 Well, leaving the next generation with a wasteland of dead animals with bellies full of plastic where the planet is also pretty awkward! Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "How To Cut Down On Single-Use Plastics Before They're Banned," 18 June 2019 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

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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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