[ weyst-land ]
/ ˈweɪstˌlænd /


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.

Origin of wasteland

First recorded in 1630–40; waste + -land
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British Dictionary definitions for wasteland

/ (ˈweɪstˌlænd) /


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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