Etymology
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wasteland (n.)

1825 as one word, from waste (adj.) + land (n.). Figurative sense is attested from 1868. Eliot's poem is from 1922.

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

updated on September 29, 2018

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Definitions of wasteland from WordNet

wasteland (n.)
an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation;
Synonyms: barren / waste
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