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English noun: wilderness

1. wilderness (state) (politics) a state of disfavor

SamplesHe led the Democratic party back from the wilderness.

Broader (hypernym)disfavor, disfavour

Domain categorypolitical relation, politics

2. Wilderness (object) a wooded region in northeastern Virginia near Spotsylvania where bloody but inconclusive battles were fought in the American Civil War

Instance hypernymforest, timber, timberland, woodland

Domain regionOld Dominion, Old Dominion State, VA, Virginia

3. wilderness (location) a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition

SamplesIt was a wilderness preserved for the hawks and mountaineers.


Broader (hypernym)geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region

Narrower (hyponym)barren, bush, frontier, waste, wasteland

4. wilderness (attribute) a bewildering profusion

SamplesThe duties of citizenship are lost sight of in the wilderness of interests of individuals and groups.
A wilderness of masts in the harbor.

Broader (hypernym)cornucopia, profuseness, profusion, richness

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