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wasteland

[weyst-land] /ˈweɪstˌlænd/
noun
1.
land that is uncultivated or barren.
2.
an area that is devastated, as by flood, storm, or war.
3.
something, as a period of history, phase of existence, or locality, that is spiritually or intellectually barren.
Origin of wasteland
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40; waste + -land
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  • Help was not always available, and there could be no waste movements in a wasteland.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • Our world of Rajj is a wasteland where once we and our fellows lived.

    Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin
  • Hours later he spotted the caravan in the immensity of sand and wasteland.

  • Nothing, for as far as the eye could see there was only wasteland.

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca Robert Sydney Bowen
  • The Confederate force was already starting withdrawal, battery by battery, as the wasteland of the fire lighted them on their way.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
British Dictionary definitions for wasteland

wasteland

/ˈweɪstˌlænd/
noun
1.
a barren or desolate area of land, not or no longer used for cultivation or building
2.
a region, period in history, etc, that is considered spiritually, intellectually, or aesthetically barren or desolate: American television is a cultural wasteland
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Word Origin and History for wasteland
n.

1887, from waste (adj.) + land (n.).

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