plural -es
: the quality or state of being waste : a desolate state or condition
a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolationZephaniah 1:15 (Authorized Version)

Word History


Middle English wastnesse, from waste entry 3 + -nesse -ness

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“Wasteness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasteness. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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