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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DEARTH, n. derth.
1. Scarcity; as a dearth of corn.
2. Want; need; famine;
3. Barrenness; sterility; as a dearth of plot.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an acute insufficiency [syn: dearth, famine, shortage]
2: an insufficient quantity or number [syn: dearth, paucity]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English derthe, from Old English *dierth, from d?ore dear Date: 13th century 1. scarcity that makes dear; specifically famine 2. an inadequate supply ; lack <a dearth of evidence>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. scarcity or lack, esp. of food. Etymology: ME, formed as DEAR

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Dearth Dearth, n. [OE. derthe, fr. dere. See Dear.] Scarcity which renders dear; want; lack; specifically, lack of food on account of failure of crops; famine. There came a dearth over all the land of Egypt. --Acts vii. 11. He with her press'd, she faint with dearth. --Shak. Dearth of plot, and narrowness of imagination. --Dryden.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If there is a dearth of something, there is not enough of it. ...the dearth of good fiction by English authors. = lack N-SING: usu N of n

Easton's Bible Dictionary

a scarcity of provisions (1 Kings 17). There were frequent dearths in Palestine. In the days of Abram there was a "famine in the land" (Gen. 12:10), so also in the days of Jacob (47:4, 13). We read also of dearths in the time of the judges (Ruth 1:1), and of the kings (2 Sam. 21:1; 1 Kings 18:2; 2 Kings 4:38; 8:1).

In New Testament times there was an extensive famine in Palestine (Acts 11:28) in the fourth year of the reign of the emperor Claudius (A.D. 44 and 45).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

durth. See FAMINE.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Scarcity, insufficiency, deficiency, short supply. 2. Need, want, lack, famine, short commons.

Moby Thesaurus

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