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Below you will find the definition of dearth, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - an acute insufficiency
EXAMPLES - Dearth in a Sentence
- And, um, folks do know what "dearth" means, right? (source)
- The only possible complaint is the relative "dearth" of goals. (source)
- Arizona's birth 'dearth' evidence of illegals fleeing the state? (source)
- Amy's right: there's a definite dearth of older female characters. (source)
- Silver has also noticed the dearth of Jewish Moroccan sites online. (source)
- No doubt the stores on the sill will vanish in the dearth of late winter. (source)
- The dearth of biographical information is remarkable in a full-length work. (source)
- Chairman Gesell called the dearth of black officers a "shocking condition." [ (source)
- As he put it, he thought there was a real dearth of instruction and education. (source)
- Dungy calls dearth of minority head coaches in major college football 'disgraceful' (source)
- Dungy called the dearth of minority head coaches in major college football "disgraceful." (source)
- The dearth of rain in June affected yields of early crops, although July brought some rain. (source)
- Yeah, to the anonymous who mentioned the "dearth" leaving ..... please utilize Miriam Webster. (source)
- When he realized that there was a dearth of material, it became his passion to fill in that gap. (source)
- The "dearth" of literature in indigenous African languages also posed a huge challenge, said Jordan. (source)
- And this last fact, the modern world's dearth of experience with madness, is at the root of what happened. (source)
- But the more important question should be whether this "dearth" of start-up IPOs has hurt or helped investors? (source)
- For Endalk Asfaw, an Ethiopian audit supervisor who lives in Alexandria, the dearth of U.S. jerseys was no problem. (source)
- Few business people would dare take issue with this statement, hence the dearth of voices being raised against the U.K. (source)
- She also notes that the dearth of women along the frontier in the American West probably had a lot to do with its being wild. (source)
- And also, I also think it speaks to the lack of candidates, the sort of dearth of credible young people rising in the news ranks. (source)
- NEW YORK - Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy called the dearth of minority head coaches in major college football "disgraceful." (source)
- But the dearth of Confederate flags in Washington denotes a rejection of a potent symbol of Southern racism, not a lack of Southern sensibility. (source)
- His suggestion was that even though there seemed to be a dearth of medical teams down there, the more important problem is a lack of medical supplies. (source)
- While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics. (source)
- And with the dearth of scorched-earth water on this "Chinatown"-cribbing desert, a divining rod is perhaps the just-right tool, for this is a film about questing. (source)
- Remember the last storm that had this type scenario and produced its heaviest snow north of the city and had a dearth of snow to the south because of the dry slot. (source)
- Seed magazine looks at The Multiverse Problem: Faced with a dearth of empirical evidence, both scientific and spiritual imaginations are freer than usual to run wild. (source)
- The American system is redundant, inefficient, and with a dearth of great (even good) leaders (but a surplus of great egos), suffering from bad management and egregious excess. (source)
- Last night the Wizards were without Rashard Lewis and Josh Howard, both starters at small forward this season, and swingman Cartier Martin, leaving a dearth at the No. 3 position. (source)
- Amid a certain dearth of materials of a private kind, I do congratulate myself on having been able to use the packet of letters docketed by Sir Harry, "John Bell's and Charlie Beckwith's Letters." (source)
- He didn't mention the factors that led to the liquidity crunch, including highly leveraged bets made possible by the dearth of smart regulation that then blew up and nearly took down the financial system. (source)
- Farmer Jane earned a lukewarm review from Washington Post's Jane Black, who bemoaned the dearth of Midwestern Janes profiled and wrote as if the ones who did appear in the book were "usual suspects" like Pollan or Salatin: (source)
- The MoD's internal report shows that the pass-rate is too low, with concerned commanders blaming a "dearth" of qualified fitness trainers, the high numbers of older or stood-down personnel, and those already on operations overseas. (source)
- Income inequality - the relative dearth of disposable income and the credit that is pegged to it among the bottom, say, one-third of the US population - sets the ultimate limits on a media system that is built around advertiser patronage. (source)
- The county's comprehensive plan, a constantly changing document that lays out a community's vision for itself, has for years acknowledged that Tysons's sprawling size and lack of pedestrian and transit options led to a dearth of "cohesiveness and identity." (source)
- "There are a lot of factors going on when a transplant center as prestigious as the U of M has a track record of doing a number of transplants per year, heart transplants on kids, and then falls all of a sudden into a kind of dearth of transplants," Caplan said. (source)
- As the health care bill winds its way through Congress, sparking passions, heated debate and countless news stories, I have been struck by the dearth of discussion about a looming health care crisis: In 2011, the first of 78 million baby boomers will start turning 65. (source)
- That difficulty, coupled with an extensive nationalization campaign in the sector and a subsequent dearth of investment as the state oil company diverted resources into social programs, makes industry experts doubt Venezuela has the capacity to send such large volumes to China in the near term. (source)
- In the world of blogs, there's going to be before the tsunami and after the tsunami, because one of the things that happened in the wake of the tsunami was that, although initially -- that is, in that first day -- there was actually a kind of dearth of live reporting, there was a dearth of live video -- and some people complained about this. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 56.0, which suggests that "dearth" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 23 synonyms for dearth.
absence, default, defect, deficiency, exiguousness, famine, inadequacy, infrequency, lack, meagerness, miss, need, paucity, poverty, privation, rareness, scantiness, scantness, shortage, slim pickings, sparsity, uncommonness, want
We have 12 antonyms for dearth.
abundance, adequacy, advantage, enough, excess, luxury, perfection, plentifulness, plenty, success, sufficiency, wealth
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of dearth from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A scarce supply; a lack: "the dearth of uncensored, firsthand information about the war” ( Richard Zoglin).
- (noun) Shortage of food; famine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) this sense?) A period or condition when food is rare and hence expensive; famine.
- (noun) Scarcity; a lack or short supply.
- (noun) Dearness; the quality of being rare or costly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) Scarcity which renders dear; want; lack; specifically, lack of food on account of failure of crops; famine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Dearness; costliness; high price.
- (noun) A condition of dearness or costliness from scarcity; hence, failure of production or supply; famine from failure or loss of crops.
- (noun) Absence; lack; barrenness; poverty: as, a dearth of love; a dearth of honest men.
- (noun) Synonyms Famine, etc. See scarcity.
- (None) To cause a dearth or scarcity in; hence, to raise the price of.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) an acute insufficiency
- (noun) an insufficient quantity or number