wilderness (n.)

c. 1200, "wild, uninhabited, or uncultivated place," with -ness + Old English wild-deor "wild animal, wild deer;" see wild (adj.) + deer (n.). Similar formation in Dutch wildernis, German Wildernis, though the usual form there is Wildnis.

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Definitions of wilderness from WordNet
wilderness (n.)
(politics) a state of disfavor;
he led the Democratic party back from the wilderness
wilderness (n.)
a bewildering profusion;
a wilderness of masts in the harbor
the duties of citizenship are lost sight of in the wilderness of interests of individuals and groups
wilderness (n.)
a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition;
it was a wilderness preserved for the hawks and mountaineers
Synonyms: wild
Wilderness (n.)
a wooded region in northeastern Virginia near Spotsylvania where bloody but inconclusive battles were fought in the American Civil War;