Part of speech: noun

Scarcity; famine.

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Usage examples "dearth":

  1. Never did these happy people Suffer sickness, plague, or dearth, Living in a golden climate In the fairest place on earth, Living thus thro' endless summers And half- summers hardly colder, Growing, tho' they hardly guessed it, Very gradually older. - "A Legend of Old Persia and Other Poems", A. B. S. Tennyson.
  2. Since the dearth came We rattle one on another as though we were Knives thrown into a basket to be cleaned. - "Poems", W. B. Yeats.
  3. A flattering glass to gaze upon, A busy jest, a serious toy, A flower still budding, never blown, A scanty dearth in fullest store Yielding least fruit where most is sown. - "Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age", Various.