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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

/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 wastelands

wasteland

n.

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

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