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Postby KatyBr » Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:06 pm

I thought I'd like to see this as a WOTD
dearth (dûrth)
1. A scarce supply; a lack: "the dearth of uncensored, firsthand information about the war" Richard Zoglin.
2. Shortage of food; famine.


[Middle English derthe, from Old English *dorthu, costliness, from dore, costly; see dear1.]

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Noun 1. dearth - an acute insufficiency
famine, shortage
deficiency, lack, want - the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable; "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"; "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"; "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"
2. dearth - an insufficient quantity or number
scarceness, scarcity - a small and inadequate amount

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Postby Stargzer » Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:16 pm

Suggested Usage: "I wouldn't say Helen Bedde was a gold-digger, but I thought I heard her say 'Until dearth us do part' on the altar."

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
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