Wilderness - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈwɪldərnəs|  American pronunciation of the word wilderness
Brit.  |ˈwɪldənɪs|  British pronunciation of the word wilderness

noun

- (politics) a state of disfavor

he led the Democratic party back from the wilderness

- a wooded region in northeastern Virginia near Spotsylvania where bloody but inconclusive battles were fought in the American Civil War
- a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition(syn: wild)

it was a wilderness preserved for the hawks and mountaineers

- a bewildering profusion

the duties of citizenship are lost sight of in the wilderness of interests of individuals and groups
a wilderness of masts in the harbor

Examples

She enjoys hikes through the wilderness.

...released the wolf back into the wilderness...

That garden is a wilderness.

The garden was a wilderness.

The south side of the city had become a lawless wilderness.

he led the Democratic party back from the wilderness

it was a wilderness preserved for the hawks and mountaineers

the duties of citizenship are lost sight of in the wilderness of interests of individuals and groups

a wilderness of masts in the harbor

...several factions within the environmental movement have joined forces to save this wilderness area...

...the hardships that the pioneers endured while taming the wilderness...

a brutal struggle for survival in the wilderness

...after a week in the wilderness, the scouts were really starting to commune with nature...

...farsighted conservationists long ago realized that wilderness areas of breathtaking beauty needed to be protected from future development...

a wilderness area with few habitations

Word forms

noun
singular: wilderness
plural: wildernesses
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