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dearth

[ durth ]SEE DEFINITION OF dearth

Synonyms for dearth

  • absence
  • deficiency
  • inadequacy
  • lack
  • paucity
  • shortage
  • default
  • defect
  • famine
  • infrequency
  • meagerness
  • miss
  • need
  • poverty
  • privation
  • rareness
  • scantiness
  • scantness
  • sparsity
  • uncommonness
  • want
  • exiguousness
  • slim pickings
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Antonyms for dearth

  • abundance
  • adequacy
  • enough
  • plenty
  • sufficiency
  • advantage
  • luxury
  • perfection
  • success
  • wealth
  • excess
  • plentifulness
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEARTH

For who does not know what a dearth there is of wise men, if yet any one be to be found?

"A very acceptable one in these days of dearth," said Mary, blushing.

Here at Athens there is a dearth of the commodity, and all wisdom seems to have emigrated from us to you.

From the housing question to the dearth of servants we feel its baneful effects.

The mills, with their dyes and dirt, are also responsible for the dearth of trout.

Absence of water means suffering and sickness, dearth and death.

Confucius said, 'The dearth of talent,' is not that the truth?

As is usual on such occasions, there was no dearth of advice.

And this not in times of dearth or scarcity, but rather as a relish.

During the winter of 1846-7 there was a peculiar season of dearth.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., derthe "scarcity" (originally used of famines, when food was costly because scarce; extended to other situations of scarcity from early 14c.), abstract noun formed from root of Old English deore "precious, costly" (see dear) + abstract noun suffix -th (2). Common Germanic formation, though not always with the same sense (cf. Old Saxon diurtha "splendor, glory, love," Middle Dutch dierte, Dutch duurte, Old High German tiurida "glory").

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DEARTH

absence

nounstate of lacking something needed or usual
  • dearth
  • deficiency
  • drought
  • inadequacy
  • insufficiency
  • lack
  • need
  • omission
  • privation
  • unavailability
  • void
  • want
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