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adj. scarc·er, scarc·est
1. Insufficient to meet a demand or requirement; short in supply: Fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought.
2. Hard to find; absent or rare: Steel pennies are scarce now except in coin shops.
Barely or hardly; scarcely.
make (oneself) scarce Informal
1. To stay away; be absent or elusive.
2. To depart, especially quickly or furtively; abscond.
[Middle English scars, from Old French scars, from Vulgar Latin *excarpsus, narrow, cramped, from past participle of *excarpere, to pluck out, alteration of Latin excerpere, to pick out; see excerpt.]
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|Noun||1.||scarceness - a small and inadequate amount|
inadequacy, deficiency, insufficiency - lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"
n (= shortage) → Knappheit f; (= rarity) → Seltenheit f; because of the scarcity of talent among the singers/pupils → weil so wenige Sänger/Schüler wirklich begabt sind; his pictures are expensive because of their scarceness → seine Bilder sind teuer, weil es so wenige davon gibt; a scarcity of qualified people → ein Mangel m → an qualifizierten Kräften; in times of scarcity → in schlechten Zeiten; there are many scarcities in wartime → in Kriegszeiten ist vieles knapp