One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A scarcity or lack of something.‘there is a dearth of evidence’
lack, scarcity, scarceness, shortage, shortfall, want, deficiency, insufficiency, inadequacy, paucity, sparseness, meagreness, scantiness, rareness, infrequency, uncommonness, destitution, privationView synonyms
- ‘For far too long, talk radio in our area has had a dearth of intelligent commentators.’
- ‘One reason the health effects of steroids are so uncertain is a dearth of research.’
- ‘This season there has been a dearth of good supernatural television, and hopefully this will fit the bill.’
- ‘There is serious disharmony among the clubs and a dearth of quality players at international level.’
- ‘In contrast, many Canadian department stores have such a dearth of sales help that shoplifting is common.’
- ‘Businesses will have drops in sales as they suffer a dearth of customers.’
- ‘This lack of public support is responsible for a dearth of overt fearless principle in the public service.’
- ‘The lacklustre session was characterised by a dearth of corporate news and subdued trading ahead of the weekend.’
- ‘Before 1994 there was a dearth of music and cultural festivals in South Africa.’
- ‘He feels there is a dearth of good landscape paintings in Kerala.’
- ‘These failures can be partially attributed to a lack of political will and a dearth of resources.’
- ‘Some farmers are experiencing a dearth of grass and have released the dairy cows and beef cattle onto the silage fields.’
- ‘Yet there appears to be a dearth of qualified people who are both willing and able to step forward and provide better leadership.’
- ‘Other voluntary groups in the city are also noticing a dearth of young volunteers in these busy times.’
- ‘After talking for a while, we went in search for a place to eat lunch - it's not as if there was a dearth of such places.’
- ‘This is an eminently practical question, and I suspect there is a dearth of literature on the topic.’
- ‘It is an acknowledged fact that there is a dearth of quality scripts in Hollywood as well.’
- ‘Yet there is a dearth of new thinking on how to create solid jobs in the manufacturing sector, here and now.’
- ‘We have recent history to show that there is a dearth of good investment managers in this government.’
- ‘This problem is exacerbated by a dearth of social housing projects in the Lower Mainland.’
- 1.1archaic A situation where food is in short supply.
- ‘Dearth was of such obvious advantage to the usurers that it was commonly believed that they used sorcery to prevent rain from falling.’
- ‘They believed the end of the world was at hand, and the proliferation of plagues, epidemics, disasters, dearth, famine and wars was to be seen as the mark of the imminent Dissolution.’
- ‘But here in Scotland, in the regularly recurring famine years of the 17th and 18th centuries, when harvests failed, dearth and death prevailed.’
Middle English derthe (see dear, -th).
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