What does dearth mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dearth, famine, shortagenoun

    an acute insufficiency

  2. dearth, paucitynoun

    an insufficient quantity or number


  1. dearthnoun

    A period or condition when food is rare and hence expensive; famine.

  2. dearthnoun

    Scarcity; a lack or short supply.

  3. dearthnoun

    Dearness; the quality of being rare or costly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dearthnoun

    Etymology: from dear.

    In times of dearth it drained much coin out of the kingdom, to furnish us with corn from foreign parts. Francis Bacon, to Villiers.

    There have been terrible years dearths of corn, and every place is strewed with beggars; but dearths are common in better climates, and our evils here lie much deeper. Jonathan Swift.

    Pity the dearth that I have pined in,
    By longing for that food so long a time. William Shakespeare.

    Of every tree that in the garden grows,
    Eat freely with glad heart; fear here no dearth. John Milton, P. L.

    They have brought on themselves that dearth of plot, and narrowness of imagination, which may be observed in all their plays. John Dryden, on Dramatick Poesy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dearthnoun

    scarcity which renders dear; want; lack; specifically, lack of food on account of failure of crops; famine

  2. Etymology: [OE. derthe, fr. dere. See Dear.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dearth

    dėrth, n. dearness, high price: scarcity: want: famine; barrenness.—adj. Dearth′ful (Scot.), expensive.

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  1. hatred

  2. thread

  3. dareth

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dearth in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dearth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dearth in a Sentence

  1. Ashima:

    Kill me is just an honest and knee-jerk reaction to dearth of substance.

  2. Deborah Tabart:

    I just think action is now imperative. I know that it can just sound like this endless story of dearth and destruction, but these figures are right. They're probably worse.

  3. Lydia Child:

    Reverence is the highest quality of man's nature; and that individual, or nation, which has it slightly developed, is so far unfortunate. It is a strong spiritual instinct, and seeks to form channels for itself where none exists; thus Americans, in the dearth of other objects to worship, fall to worshiping themselves.

  4. Sarang Gadkari:

    Clearly there has been a lot of volatility, but it has been more muted in loans than for high yield bonds, from a supply standpoint, there has also been a relative dearth of new institutional loan issuance, which, when combined with the CLO demand, has led to less volatility.

  5. Jennifer Saba:

    All three companies have such an incredible impact in the world, yet they have a dearth of women employees, a company should reflect its customer, at the very least.

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  • глад, недоимък, оскъдицаBulgarian
  • nedostatekCzech
  • Mangel, HungersnotGerman
  • hambruna, escasezSpanish
  • کمبودPersian
  • niukkuus, pula, nälänhätäFinnish
  • pénurie, disetteFrench
  • कमीHindi
  • ínségHungarian
  • carenza, carestia, scarsitàItalian
  • 不足Japanese
  • დეფიციტი, სიღარიბე, ნაკლებობა, სიმწირე, უკმარობაGeorgian
  • недо́статок, глад, нема́штија, оску́дицаMacedonian
  • hongersnood, schaarsteDutch
  • brak, niedostatek, głódPolish
  • falta, escassezPortuguese
  • го́лод, дефици́т, недоста́точность, нехва́тка, ску́дность, недоста́токRussian
  • knapphet, brist, hungersnödSwedish
  • kulangTagalog
  • 缺乏Chinese

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    involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm
    • A. hatched
    • B. dangerous
    • C. frantic
    • D. whirring

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