Complete Definition of "dearth"

English
Etymology
Middle English derþe, probably from Old English *dierþu; corresponding to dear + -th.

Pronunciation
IPA|/dÉËθ/, SAMPA|/d3`T/
audio|en-us-dearth.ogg|Audio (US)
:* Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ÉË(r)θ|-ÉË(r)θ

Noun
en-noun

  1. context|obsolete|rare dearness|Dearness; the quality of being rare or costly.
  2. A period or condition when food is rare and hence expensive; famine.

#*1608, William Shakespeare, King Lear:
#*:I promise you, the effects he writes of succeed unhappily: as of unnaturalness between the child and the parent; death, dearth, dissolutions of ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces and maledictions against king and nobles; needless diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts, nuptial breaches, and I know not what.

  1. context|by extension scarcity|Scarcity; a lack or short supply.

Synonyms
paucity
scarcity

Translations

Finnish: nälänhätä
French: pénurie f
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German: Fehlen n, Mangel m
Portuguese: escasso n, raro m

famine:

German: Hungersnot f

Anagrams
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