wasteland

[ weyst-land ]
/ ˈweɪstˌlænd /

noun

land that is uncultivated or barren.
an area that is devastated, as by flood, storm, or war.
something, as a period of history, phase of existence, or locality, that is spiritually or intellectually barren.

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Origin of wasteland

First recorded in 1630–40; waste + -land
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Example sentences from the Web for wasteland

  • In the same way, she would make for the summit of the bushes in her waste-land.

    The Life of the Spider|J. Henri Fabre
  • The Cloyne and Carrick Company had better be wound up; and that waste-land project—let me have the papers to look over.

  • Waste-land, you yourself said, where confidence will not strike root.

    The Song of Songs|Hermann Sudermann
  • I was walking through a bit of waste-land encircled by trolley-tracks when I heard this same song.

    Everyday Adventures|Samuel Scoville

British Dictionary definitions for wasteland

wasteland
/ (ˈweɪstˌlænd) /

noun

a barren or desolate area of land, not or no longer used for cultivation or building
a region, period in history, etc, that is considered spiritually, intellectually, or aesthetically barren or desolateAmerican television is a cultural wasteland
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