Definitions

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  • n. the quality of being wild or untamed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being wild; an uncultivated or untamed state; disposition to rove or go unrestrained; rudeness; savageness; irregularity; distraction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being wild, in any sense.
  • n. A wild place or country; a wilderness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of extreme emotional intensity
  • n. the property of being wild or turbulent
  • n. an unruly disposition to do as one pleases
  • n. an intractably barbarous or uncultivated state of nature

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Examples

  • That is some Anglo-American wildness from the back of the wayback.

    My neologism | clusterflock

  • "Their animal" is still there, and will react to events and feelings, giving changelings 'emotional reactions a certain wildness which I love.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • And, cognizant of Thoreau's belief that "In wildness is the preservation of the world;"

    Montana To Consider Bill Protecting Fish Habitat and Forest Jobs

  • I never saw a more interesting creature: his eyes have generally an expression of wildness, and even madness; but there are moments when, if any one performs an act of kindness towards him, or does him any the most trifling service, his whole countenance is lighted up, as it were, with a beam of benevolence and sweetness that I never saw equalled.

    Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus

  • But hands-on management in the name of wildness itself rather than human appetite or aesthetics - the core distinction of what is happening here - is a change in how people relate to nature in set-apart corners of the world like Yellowstone.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The urgent need to control – to make sure you see what he sees, with no room for dissent – coupled with a desire to seduce are, of course, the traits of a comedian as well as those of a critic, and of course the hallmark of Peck’s style is a ferocious sense of humor that, in wildness, parodic ferocity, and machine-gun willingness to hit or miss is indeed Aristophanic.

    Picking on Peck « So Many Books

  • Her father used to refer to her wildness in exasperation, like a wild horse in need of control.

    Wild Feminine

  • She was “a brilliant talker,” and beneath her wildness was a “tropically warm heart.”

    LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY

  • So [the forests] appeared a few centuries ago when they were rejoicing in wildness.

    Nature & Environment

  • And there is a grandeur, a wildness, which is impossible to describe.

    The Last Gamble

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