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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Nearby words

  1. waste well,
  2. wastebasket,
  3. wasted,
  4. wasteful,
  5. wastefully,
  6. wastelot,
  7. wastepaper,
  8. wastepaper basket,
  9. waster,
  10. wastewater

Origin of wasteland

First recorded in 1630–40; waste + -land

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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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Word Origin and History for wasteland

wasteland

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper