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English definition of “wilderness”

wilderness

noun [C, usually singular]     /ˈwɪldənəs/
in the wilderness if someone previously in a position of power is now in the wilderness, they have lost their power and it is not clear if or how they will get it back: His dismissal from the Cabinet led to a long period in the political wilderness.
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