dearth

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dearth

 (dûrth)
n.
1. A scarce supply; a lack: "the dearth of uncensored, firsthand information about the war" (Richard Zoglin).
2. Shortage of food; famine.

[Middle English derthe, from Old English *dēorthu, costliness, from dēore, costly; see dear1.]

dearth

(dɜːθ)
n
an inadequate amount, esp of food; scarcity
[C13: derthe, from dēr dear]

dearth

(dɜrθ)

n.
1. a scarcity or lack.
2. famine.
[1200–50; Middle English derthe]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dearth - an acute insufficiencydearth - an acute insufficiency    
deficiency, lack, want - the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable; "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"; "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"; "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"
2.dearth - an insufficient quantity or number
scarceness, scarcity - a small and inadequate amount

dearth

dearth

noun
The condition of lacking a needed or usual amount:
Translations
قِلَّه، قَحْط، نَقْص
nedostateknouze
knaphedmangel
nälänhätä
stygiustrūkumas
trukums

dearth

[dɜːθ] N [of food, resources, money] → escasez f; [of ideas] → carencia f

dearth

[ˈdɜːrθ] n (= lack) [information, evidence, ability] → manque m

dearth

nMangel m (→ of an +dat); dearth of ideasGedankenarmut f; there is no dearth of young menan jungen Männern ist or herrscht kein Mangel

dearth

[dɜːθ] n (of food, resources, ideas, money) → penuria, mancanza

dearth

(dəːθ) noun
a lack of. They suffer from a dearth of resources and of experienced men.
References in classic literature ?
I might have married, it is true; and most likely I should have married had it not been for the dearth of females in the horde.
He had little to bite and to break, and once when great dearth fell on the land, he could no longer procure even daily bread.
The first and the mildest course is, by keeping the island hovering over such a town, and the lands about it, whereby he can deprive them of the benefit of the sun and the rain, and consequently afflict the inhabitants with dearth and diseases: and if the crime deserve it, they are at the same time pelted from above with great stones, against which they have no defence but by creeping into cellars or caves, while the roofs of their houses are beaten to pieces.
You see there is a sad dearth of subjects,' observed the fair artist.
The young man, again, had said that anyone would lend me a bottle or a lemon, but though these were articles on which he seemed ever able to lay his hand, I found (what I had never noticed before) that there is a curious dearth of them in the Gardens.