barrenness


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barrenness

the state of being barren: the barrenness of the land
Not to be confused with:
baroness – the wife of a baron; a woman holding a baronial title in her own right
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bar·ren

 (băr′ən)
adj.
1.
a. Not producing or incapable of producing offspring. Used of female animals.
b. Often Offensive Not producing or incapable of producing offspring. Used of women.
2. Not producing or incapable of producing fruit: barren trees.
3. Lacking vegetation, especially useful vegetation: barren tundra.
4. Unproductive of results or gains; unprofitable: "That icy winter silence—how it froze you from your bride, / Tho' I made one barren effort to break it at the last!" (Alfred Lord Tennyson). See Synonyms at futile.
5. Devoid of something specified: writing barren of insight.
6. Lacking in liveliness or interest: a barren routine.
n.
often barrens A tract of unproductive land, often with a scrubby growth of trees.

[Middle English barreine, from Old French brahaigne, perhaps of Germanic origin.]

bar′ren·ly adv.
bar′ren·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barrenness - the state (usually of a woman) of having no children or being unable to have children
infertility, sterility - the state of being unable to produce offspring; in a woman it is an inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate
2.barrenness - the quality of yielding nothing of valuebarrenness - the quality of yielding nothing of value
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
poorness - less than adequate; "the relative poorness of New England farmland"
unproductiveness - the quality of lacking the power to produce
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barrenness

noun
1. The state or condition of being unable to reproduce sexually:
2. Empty, unfilled space:
3. Total lack of ideas, meaning, or substance:
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Translations
عُقْم،قَحْل
neplodnostneúrodnost
ufrugtbarhed
ófrjósemi; hrjóstrugleiki
kıraçlıkkısırlık

barrenness

[ˈbærənnɪs] N [of soil] → aridez f; [of woman] → esterilidad f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

barrenness

[ˈbærənnɪs] n
(= aridity) → aridité f
(= infertility) → stérilité f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

barrenness

n
Unfruchtbarkeit f; (of land also)Kargheit f
(fig)Unfruchtbarkeit f, → Unproduktivität f; (of discussion also)Fruchtlosigkeit f; (of atmosphere also)Sterilität f; (of style, subject, study)Trockenheit f; (of topic)Unergiebigkeit f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

barrenness

[ˈbærnnɪs] n (of land) → sterilità
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

barren

(ˈbӕrən) adjective
not able to produce crops, fruit, young etc. barren soil; a barren fruit-tree; a barren woman.
ˈbarrenness noun
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References in classic literature ?
The reader will here find no regions cursed with irremediable barrenness, or blessed with spontaneous fecundity, no perpetual gloom or unceasing sunshine; nor are the nations here described either devoid of all sense of humanity, or consummate in all private and social virtues; here are no Hottentots without religion, polity, or articulate language, no Chinese perfectly polite, and completely skilled in all sciences: he will discover, what will always be discovered by a diligent and impartial inquirer, that wherever human nature is to be found there is a mixture of vice and virtue, a contest of passion and reason, and that the Creator doth not appear partial in his distributions, but has balanced in most countries their particular inconveniences by particular favours.
He was too occupied with his own vision, and vividly burned before him the sordid barrenness of a poorhouse ward, where an ancient, very like what he himself would become, maundered and gibbered and drooled for a crumb of tobacco for his old clay pipe, and where, of all horrors, no sip of beer ever obtained, much less six quarts of it.
I remember to have heard it, then and there, said, that the Blessed Land was once fertile as the bottoms of the Mississippi, and groaning with its stores of grain and fruits; but that the judgment has since fallen upon it, and that it is now more remarkable for its barrenness than any qualities to boast of."
It made me homesick to look around over this proud and gaudy but heartless barrenness and remember that in our house in East Hartford, all unpretending as it was, you couldn't go into a room but you would find an insurance-chromo, or at least a three-color God-Bless-Our-Home over the door; and in the parlor we had nine.
From various points of the mountain they commanded boundless prospects of the lava plain, stretching away in cold and gloomy barrenness as far as the eye could reach.
It was a long, roomy, one-storied villa, with a not unpicturesque combination of deep veranda and trellis work, which relieved the flat monotony of the interior and the barrenness of the freshly- cleared ground.
None, I ween, but ye Must pine, poor maids, in single barrenness. O Prince, Menoeceus' son, to thee, I turn, With the it rests to father them, for we Their natural parents, both of us, are lost.
They all preserve, however, the common characteristics of barrenness, inhospitality, and misery.
The solitary and arid blades of grass arose from the passing gusts fearfully perceptible; the bold and rocky mountains were too distinct in their barrenness, and the eye even sought relief, in vain, by attempting to pierce the illimitable void of heaven, which was shut to its gaze by the dusky sheet of ragged and driving vapor.
If it were grim and desolate upon the English border, however, what can describe the hideous barrenness of this ten times harried tract of France?
Far and near the view suggested the same dreary impressions of solitude and decay, and the glorious brightness of the summer sky overhead seemed only to deepen and harden the gloom and barrenness of the wilderness on which it shone.
By the best of my calculation, that place where I now was must be that country which, lying between the Emperor of Morocco's dominions and the negroes, lies waste and uninhabited, except by wild beasts; the negroes having abandoned it and gone farther south for fear of the Moors, and the Moors not thinking it worth inhabiting by reason of its barrenness; and indeed, both forsaking it because of the prodigious number of tigers, lions, leopards, and other furious creatures which harbour there; so that the Moors use it for their hunting only, where they go like an army, two or three thousand men at a time; and indeed for near a hundred miles together upon this coast we saw nothing but a waste, uninhabited country by day, and heard nothing but howlings and roaring of wild beasts by night.