Definition of dearth in English:

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dearth

Pronunciation: /dərTH/

noun

[in singular]
A scarcity or lack of something: there is a dearth of evidence
More example sentences
  • This lack of public support is responsible for a dearth of overt fearless principle in the public service.
  • These failures can be partially attributed to a lack of political will and a dearth of resources.
  • This season there has been a dearth of good supernatural television, and hopefully this will fit the bill.
Synonyms
lack, scarcity, shortage, shortfall, want, deficiency, insufficiency, inadequacy, paucity, sparseness, scantiness, rareness;
absence

Origin

Middle English derthe (originally in the sense 'shortage and dearness of food') (see dear, -th2).

Words that rhyme with dearth

berth, birth, earth, firth, girth, mirth, Perth, worth

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Syllabification: dearth

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