Definition of Wilderness

1 a (1) : a tract or region uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings

(2) : an area essentially undisturbed by human activity together with its naturally developed life community b : an empty or pathless area or region • in remote wildernesses of space groups of nebulae are found • —G. W. Gray †1960 c : a part of a garden devoted to wild growth 2 obsolete : wild or uncultivated state

3 a : a confusing multitude or mass : an indefinitely great number or quantity • I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys • —William Shakespeare b : a bewildering situation • those moral wildernesses of civilized life • —Norman Mailer •


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