wasteness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From waste +‎ -ness.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wasteness (plural wastenesses)

  1. (obsolete) The state of being laid waste; desolation.
  2. (now rare) The state of being uncultivated; wild, barren.
  3. (obsolete) A wilderness.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.iii:
      She of nought affrayd, / Through woods and wastnesse wide him daily sought