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Howling wilderness

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Howling wilderness a wild, desolate place inhabited only by wild beasts.
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Usage

In literature:

A hundred years ago this was indeed a howling wilderness.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
If these advantages were not there, it would be little less than a howling wilderness.
"Iron Making in the Olden Times as instanced in the Ancient Mines, Forges, and Furnaces of The Forest of Dean" by H. G. Nicholls
If these advantages were not there, it would be little less than a howling wilderness.
"The Forest of Dean An Historical and Descriptive Account" by H. G. Nicholls
The patriarch Jacob, "in the waste howling wilderness," gave the answer to that question.
"The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer
The world was a howling wilderness of boundless license.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
It is a howling wilderness, with nobody to howl.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
Whoever would have expected to meet you in this howling wilderness?
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
You were a howling wilderness.
"Inside John Barth" by William W. Stuart
It was a howling wilderness when I came here.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
He found New Brunswick happy and contented, a very oasis of peace in the howling wilderness of colonial politics.
"The Winning of Popular Government" by Archibald Macmechan
My room is still a howling wilderness.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
To Stephen just at this time the world is a howling wilderness; there is no sun anywhere, and every spring is dry.
"Portia" by Duchess
There's a way out of this howling wilderness somehow!
"The Auto Boys' Mystery" by James A. Braden
There still remained, after the Corporation had taken a part, a huge howling wilderness of streets with walls two feet high.
"World's End" by Richard Jefferies
Nor was Shadwell exactly in the "howling wilderness", even if there was no large city near it.
"Thomas Jefferson" by Gilbert Chinard
It was Moritz who looked melancholy; London was a howling wilderness to him without his darling.
"Mollie's Prince" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
They were bold men in a "howling wilderness"; they were the pioneers of a great nation.
"The History of the Thirteen Colonies of North America 1497-1763" by Reginald W. Jeffery
Here was Gershon's work, to carry through the waste and howling wilderness the tabernacle and its coverings.
"The Great Commission" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
Thanks to British gold for turning a howling wilderness into a land of promise!
"Twenty-Five Years in a Waggon in South Africa" by Andrew A. Anderson
A howling wilderness they discovered it to be, where constant vigilance had to be exercised, and thinkers-out of verbose phrases had no place.
"The Empire Makers" by Hume Nesbit
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In poetry:

In the waste howling wilderness
The Church is wandering still,
Because we would not onward press
When close to Sion's hill.
"Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
My soul is like a wilderness,
Where beasts of midnight howl;
There the sad raven finds her place,
And there the screaming owl.
"Psalm 102 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Some nonsense verses underneath the bough,
A little "booze", a time to loaf, and thou--
Beside me howling in the wilderness,
Would be enough for one day anyhow.
"The Rubaiyat Of A Kentuckian" by Edwin Carty Ranck