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dearth

dearth

 
pronunciation:
duhrth
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a shortage or scarcity of something; lack.
He lamented the dearth of females at the college he had chosen.There is a dearth of information on this subject.
synonyms:
lack, paucity, poverty, scarcity, shortage, shortfall, stint, want
antonyms:
excess, glut, plethora, surfeit, wealth
similar words:
deficiency, drought, insufficiency, need
definition 2: a shortage or scarcity of food.
The crop failure brought about a dearth that brought misery to many.
synonyms:
famine
antonyms:
surfeit
Word Parts
The word dearth contains the following part:
-th2 Old English noun-forming suffix that means the act or state of
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The suffix -th2 attaches to English adjectives to form nouns (e.g., "warmth " from "warm" and "depth " from "deep"), and to English verb roots to form nouns (e.g., "birth " from "bear" and "stealth " from "steal").