From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wasteness \Waste"ness\, n.
   1. The quality or state of being waste; a desolate state or
      condition; desolation.
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            A day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness.
                                                  --Zeph. i. 15.
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   2. That which is waste; a desert; a waste. [R.]
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            Through woods and wasteness wide him daily sought.
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