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dearth


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
  vii.  11. 
 
  He  with  her  press'd,  she  faint  with  dearth.  --Shak. 
 
  Dearth  of  plot,  and  narrowness  of  imagination. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dearth 
  n  1:  a  severe  shortage  (especially  a  shortage  of  food)  [syn:  {famine}, 
  {shortage}] 
  2:  an  insufficient  quantity  or  number  [syn:  {paucity}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Dearth 
  a  scarcity  of  provisions  (1  Kings  17).  There  were  frequent 
  dearths  in  Palestine.  In  the  days  of  Abram  there  was  a  "famine 
  in  the  land"  (Gen.  12:10),  so  also  in  the  days  of  Jacob  (47:4, 
  13).  We  read  also  of  dearths  in  the  time  of  the  judges  (Ruth 
  1:1),  and  of  the  kings  (2  Sam.  21:1;  1  Kings  18:2;  2  Kings  4:38; 
  8:1). 
 
  In  New  Testament  times  there  was  an  extensive  famine  in 
  Palestine  (Acts  11:28)  in  the  fourth  year  of  the  reign  of  the 
  emperor  Claudius  (A.D.  44  and  45). 
 




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