Wilderness

Wil"der*ness

(?), n. [OE. wildernesse, wilderne,probably from AS. wildor a wild beast; cf. D. wildernis wilderness. See Wilder, v. t.]
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1. A tract of land, or a region, uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings, whether a forest or a wide, barren plain; a wild; a waste; a desert; a pathless waste of any kind.
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The wat'ry wilderness yields no supply.
Waller.
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2. A disorderly or neglected place. Cowper.
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3. Quality or state of being wild; wildness. [Obs.]
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These paths and bowers doubt not but our joint hands.
Will keep from wilderness with ease.
Milton.
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