[syn: dearth, paucity]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
He with her press'd, she faint with dearth. --Shak.
Dearth of plot, and narrowness of imagination.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
47 Moby Thesaurus words for "dearth":
absence, aridity, barrenness, birth control, contraception,
default, defect, deficiency, dry womb, dryness, exiguity,
exiguousness, family planning, famine, impotence, inadequacy,
ineffectualness, infecundity, infertility, infrequency,
insufficiency, lack, meagerness, miss, need, paucity,
planned parenthood, poverty, privation, rareness, rarity,
scant sufficiency, scantiness, scantness, scarceness, scarcity,
shortage, sparseness, sparsity, sterileness, sterility,
uncommonness, unfertileness, unfruitfulness, unproductiveness,
want, withered loins