wasteland

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

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Below, at the leading edge of a vast wasteland, was its aftermath: a dozen boats, rusted umber, all that remained of the 100-strong fishing fleet, which had been dragged here from the spots where they were marooned as the sea ebbed away. Henry Wismayer, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Aug. 2022 Below, at the leading edge of a vast wasteland, was its aftermath: a dozen boats, rusted umber, all that remained of the 100-strong fishing fleet, which had been dragged here from the spots where they were marooned as the sea ebbed away. Henry Wismayer, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2022 Something called the Dust Bowl — a years long drought punctuated by sprawling dust storms that transformed parts of the Plains into a wasteland. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 Lincoln and Caddy got in early when the Navigator and Escalade, respectively, rescued their parent brands from a wasteland of uninspiring sedans in the late ‘90s. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 14 July 2022 This is a far cry from the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Fallout or the high fantasy world of The Elder Scrolls. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 12 May 2022 That's not a great situation, as you're also trapped on a disabled ship in a snowy wasteland. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 29 Apr. 2022 And then there's Hopper (David Harbour), who's been captured by the Russians and forced into manual labor in the brutal wasteland of Kamchatka. Nick Romano, EW.com, 19 Apr. 2022 Viggo Mortensen starred as the unnamed Man who's struggling to take care of his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in the bleak wasteland that was once America. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wasteland

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wasteland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasteland. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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wasteland

noun
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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