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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun dearth:

famineshortage

Dearth is sometimes a misspelling of Death.

Dearth (scarcity) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the noun dearth

What does dearth mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: dearths

  1. an acute insufficiency
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of dearth: famine / shortage
    • more generic words: deficiency / lack / want = the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
  2. an insufficient quantity or number
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of dearth: paucity
    • more generic words: scarceness / scarcity = a small and inadequate amount

Alternative definition of the noun dearth

noun

  1. [rare] A period or condition when food is rare and hence expensive; famine.
  2. [context: by extension] Scarcity; a lack or short supply.
  3. [obsolete] Dearness; the quality of being rare or costly.

Definition of the noun dearth for high school students

    a lack, scarcity
    • example: An eager reader, she was dismayed by the dearth of classic books at the library.

The noun dearth is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

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Google previewMemoir of the life of John Bowdler (1824)

by Thomas Bowdler

Bowdler observed, " dearth is the parent of commotions, and the cry among the common people was reported to be, that they might as well be ...

Google previewKaplan SAT Strategies, Practice, and Review 2015-2016 with 5 Practice Tests (2015)

Book + Online by Kaplan

A The words heterogeneous and different provide good clues for the first blankć Predict something like Ia large varietyćJ Choice ZAa matches our predictionć Proliferation means abundanceć Dearth means scarcityć Depletion means using ...

Google previewEncyclopædia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge ... (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

Dearth is the third person singular, and means some or any season or weather, or other cause, which dereth or maketh dere, hurteth or doeth mischief. Tooke, ii. 409. Dearth is applied to the scarcity, or want, or barrenness, that is the ...

Google previewEncyclopædia metropolitana; or, Universal dictionary of knowledge, ed. by E. Smedley, Hugh J. Rose and Henry J. Rose. [With] Plates (1845)

by Edward Smedley

Dearth is the third person singular, and means some or any season or weather, or other cause, which dereth or maketh dere, hurteth or doeth mischief. Tooke, ii. 409.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

Dearth is the third person singular, and means some or any season or weather, or other cause, which dereth or maketh dere, hurteth or doeth mischief. Tooke, ii. 409.

Google previewThe Oberlin Evangelist (1855)

A Semi-monthly Periodical, Devoted to the Promotion of Religion. Sustained by an Association

A spiritual dearth is the absence of those ...

Google previewA new dictionary of the English language (1839)

by Charles Richardson

Dearth is the third pers. sing., and means some or any season or weather, or other cause, which dereth or raaketh dear, hurteth or doeth mischief.— See Taoke. En- In- Over- DEARN. See Derne. DE-AUR ATE,* ad. " Fr. Dore, gilt over ; also, ...

Google previewThe Oxford Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus (2002)

by Elizabeth Jewell

absence, need, dearth, scarcity, short— age.

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1818)

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, and Illustrated in Their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers. To which are Prefixed a History of the Language, and an English Grammar by Samuel Johnson

DEARTH.4 n.s. [from dear, Dr. Johnson says; that is, dear in the sense of cost or ...

Google previewThe Pocket Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus (2006)

by Elizabeth Jewell

SYNONYM STUDY: lack ABSENCE, DEARTH, PRIVATION, SHORTAGE, WANT. To suffer from a lack of food means to be partially or totally without it; to be in want of food also implies either a partial or complete lack, but with an emphasis on ...

Google previewDictionary of Political Economy (1894)

by Sir Robert Harry Inglis Palgrave

DEARTH—. DEATH. DUTIES. DEATH DUTIES DEATH-RATE DEATH-RATE. 490 best terma possible one of the ordinary forces that determine prices. It seems best therefore to confine the term, in the labour market, to any dearness that may ...

Google previewChambers's etymological dictionary of the English language, ed. by J. Donald (1882)

by Chambers W. and R., ltd

Dearth, derth, «., dearness, highpnce: scarcity: want : famine : barrenness. Death, deth, n. state of being dead: extinction of life: manner of dying : mortality.

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

DEARTH, n.s. The third person, according to Mr. Tooke, of senian, to injure. Minsheu says from Belg. dier, dear, and tiit, time: a dear time. “Dyrtid, as used with the Goths,' says Mr. Thomson, “a time of dearness.' It is metaphorically applied to ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

possess, own, enjoy lack n Lack, want, dearth, absence, defect, privation are comparable when denoting the fact or state of being without something. Lack is somewhat ambiguous in scope since it may imply either a total or a partial failure of ...

Google previewA Sinhalese-English Dictionary (1892)

by Benjamin Clough

dearth, need, scarcity, necessity. [Colloq. (feosS agahiga- ...

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Scrabble value of D2E1A1R1T1H4

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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