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wasteland

[weyst-land] /ˈweɪstˌlænd/
noun
1.
land that is uncultivated or barren.
2.
an area that is devastated, as by flood, storm, or war.
3.
something, as a period of history, phase of existence, or locality, that is spiritually or intellectually barren.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; waste + -land
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  • wasteland, you're not cleverly teaching me something about academia and graduate school.
  • Recklessly starving the world's fourth-largest lake to irrigate crops turned rich waters into a barren wasteland.
  • But to real estate developers, the canyons were empty wasteland, waiting to be turned into homes.
  • And they are not mining in a wasteland it is the watershed, it is gods country.
  • Indeed, last year's wealth wasteland has become a billionaire bonanza.
  • Crushed wooden houses now resemble matchwood, scattered in every direction over swampy wasteland.
  • Two years ago, it was a mosquito-infested wasteland.
  • When the plane finally crashes, the characters' violent insertion into the unforgiving wasteland is appropriately jarring.
  • All of that makes sense, but the biggest difference between plants from the wasteland and the controls was somewhat surprising.
  • The end of civilization won't be pretty, and neither is the wasteland depicted in the comic.
British Dictionary definitions for wasteland

wasteland

/ˈweɪstˌlænd/
noun
1.
a barren or desolate area of land, not or no longer used for cultivation or building
2.
a region, period in history, etc, that is considered spiritually, intellectually, or aesthetically barren or desolate: American television is a cultural wasteland
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Word Origin and History for wasteland
n.

1887, from waste (adj.) + land (n.).

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