Origin of wilderness
Definition for wilderness (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for wilderness
They carved a refuge out of the wilderness and then, in 200 years, built it into the most powerful nation on earth.
The original metaphor was: erect a wall to keep the garden of the church free from the wilderness of politics.
Hold the Dark is set in the Alaskan wilderness, in an isolated village at the lip of the tundra.Compliments Are Nice, but Enough With the Cormac McCarthy Comparisons|William Giraldi|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I went back while Lorne [Michaels] was on his 5-year jaunt in the wilderness, and Ebersol was producing.Harry Shearer on Being Nixon, ‘The Simpsons Movie’ Sequel, and Why Obama Should Return His Nobel|Marlow Stern|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In short, the wilderness skills and outdoor abilities that the founding mothers intended.
Thure and Bud were too familiar with this type of wilderness manhood to be worried in the least over their rough looks and dress.The Cave of Gold|Everett McNeil
They are the true children of the forest and the wilderness.A Little Girl in Old Detroit|Amanda Minnie Douglas
What does well enough on the target at home is often quite a failure in the wear and tear of the African wilderness.Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O.|J.G. Millais
Some, indeed, and many of the best, expressed the native genius and crude force that were transforming the wilderness.Lincoln's Love Story|Eleanor Atkinson
Why should I wish to spend so much money upon building a fort in the wilderness with so many odds against me?The Chief of the Ranges|H. A. Cody
British Dictionary definitions for wilderness (1 of 2)
Word Origin for wilderness
British Dictionary definitions for wilderness (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for wilderness
c.1200, from Old English wildeoren "wild, savage," from wildern (adj.) "wild, savage" (from wilde "wild;" see wild (adj.) + deor "animal;" see deer) + -ness. Cf. Dutch wildernis, German Wildernis, though the usual form is Wildnis.