wilderness noun

ADJ. last | great | barren, desert, desolate | frozen | uncharted | unspoilt | political (figurative) the man who brought the party back from the political wilderness

VERB + WILDERNESS transform They transformed the wilderness into a garden. | explore They set out to explore the earth's last great wilderness, Antarctica.

WILDERNESS + NOUN years (figurative) His wilderness years (= when he was out of politics and the public eye) in the 1990s were spent in North America.

PREP. in the ~ We were hopelessly lost in the wilderness.