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 of wasteland from the Web
Some people describe the Arctic as a wasteland, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Toronto Waterfront Toronto is more than halfway through a 25-year plan to transform a 2,000-acre strip of its downtown waterfront from a postindustrial wasteland to an outdoor playscape.
Rothko didn’t just foresee social media’s time-sucking cultural wasteland, in which mindless grazing threatens to replace serious reading.
Filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour invites viewers to draw their own conclusions about this tale set in a barren wasteland populated by society’s rejects.
Amirpour invites the viewer to join the journey at the border of Texas and a barren wasteland populated by society’s rejects.
Industrial Reality vs. Rhetoric in the Heart of Trump Country President Trump has used Grand Rapids, Mich., as an example of the industrial wasteland caused by globalization policies that fail to protect American workers.
The writer, in this instance, is Christina Masciotti, a downtown dramatist of rigorous personal style whose following includes a lot of theatergoers who consider Broadway a wasteland.
What used to be a vibrant tourist attraction is now a deserted wasteland where every building is either collapsed or scarred beyond recognition.
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First Known Use of wasteland
WASTELAND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wasteland for English Language Learners
: 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
WASTELAND Defined for Kids
Definition of wasteland for Students
: land that is barren or not fit for crops
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