(politics) a state of disfavor
"he led the Democratic party back from the wilderness"
a wooded region in northeastern Virginia near Spotsylvania where bloody but inconclusive battles were fought in the American Civil War
a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition
"it was a wilderness preserved for the hawks and mountaineers"
a bewildering profusion
"the duties of citizenship are lost sight of in the wilderness of interests of individuals and groups"; "a wilderness of masts in the harbor"
An unsettled and uncultivated tract of land left in its natural state
Origin: Either from unattested * (cognate with Dutch wildernis, German Wildnis), or from Old English wilddeoren + -nes.
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
a disorderly or neglected place
quality or state of being wild; wildness
Origin: [OE. wildernesse, wilderne,probably from AS. wildor a wild beast; cf. D. wildernis wilderness. See Wilder, v. t.]
Wilderness or wildland is a natural environment on Earth that has not been significantly modified by human activity. It may also be defined as: "The most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet—those last truly wild places that humans do not control and have not developed with roads, pipelines or other industrial infrastructure." Wilderness areas can be found in preserves, estates, farms, conservation preserves, ranches, National Forests, National Parks and even in urban areas along rivers, gulches or otherwise undeveloped areas. These areas are considered important for the survival of certain species, biodiversity, ecological studies, conservation, solitude, and recreation. Wilderness is deeply valued for cultural, spiritual, moral, and aesthetic reasons. Some nature writers believe wilderness areas are vital for the human spirit and creativity. They may also preserve historic genetic traits and provide habitat for wild flora and fauna that may be difficult to recreate in zoos, arboretums or laboratories. The word wilderness derives from the notion of "wildness"—in other words, that which is not controllable by humans. The word's etymology is from the wildeornes, which in turn derives from wildeor meaning wild beast From this point of view, it is the wildness of a place that makes it a wilderness. The mere presence or activity of people does not disqualify an area from being "wilderness." Many ecosystems that are, or have been, inhabited or influenced by activities of people may still be considered "wild." This way of looking at wilderness includes areas within which natural processes operate without human interference.
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a district covered with brushwood in Virginia, U.S., the scene of a two days' terrible conflict between the Federals and the Confederates on the 5th and 6th May 1864.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Environment un-modified by human activity. Areas in which natural processes operate without human interference.
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The numerical value of wilderness in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of wilderness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of wilderness in a Sentence
They make a wilderness and call it peace.
In wilderness is the preservation of the world.
They're going to spend another night in the wilderness.
Most often women want happiness and men want wilderness.
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
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- naturaleza, tierra salvaje, páramo, selva, descampado, junglaSpanish
- kaira, erämaa, korpiFinnish
- fàsachScottish Gaelic
- 原野, 荒野Japanese
- pustynia, manowce, pustkowie, dziczPolish
- obygd, ödemark, vildmarkSwedish
- kır, vahşi tabiat, bakir alanTurkish
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