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Topic: GEOGRAPHY

Language: Old English
Origin: wildeornes 'land where wild animals live', from wild deor 'wild animal'

wilderness

noun
     
wil‧der‧ness [countable usually singular]
1SG a large area of land that has never been developed or farmed:
the Alaskan wilderness
2 a place that seems no longer used or cared for by anyone:
The garden was a wilderness.
The south side of the city had become a lawless wilderness.
3

in/from/out of the wilderness

someone who is in the wilderness does not have power or is not involved in something in an important way at a particular time:
the re-emergence of Richard Nixon from the political wilderness in 1968
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