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Examples of dearth in a Sentence
It may also be a respite for booksellers, who have been grumbling for several years about sluggish sales and a dearth of dependable blockbuster fiction. —Julie Bosman, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2006
… Earnhardt has recently hinted that a company-wide dearth of talent is the core reason his Chevy simply isn't as fast in 2005 as it's been in the past. —Lars Anderson, Sports Illustrated, 11 Apr. 2006
AirNet, which hauls bank checks and other time-critical freight, used to require that its pilots have at least 1,200 hours of flight experience. Then, faced with a dearth of experienced applicants, it dropped the requirement to 500 hours. Now, it has no minimum. —Scott McCartney, Wall Street Journal, 10 Aug. 2000
there was a dearth of usable firewood at the campsite
the dearth of salesclerks at the shoe store annoyed us
Recent Examples of dearth from the Web
Normand thinks the short winter and low water levels contributed to the dearth of tails.
But new mining-dedicated graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia’s hardware partners might help ease the dearth of gaming hardware.
The problem in Turkey—and elsewhere in the Middle East—is that as politicians purposefully polarize their own societies for political profit, there is a dearth of democratic institutions through which people can process their grievances.
While analysts said the move could be part of a broader campaign to curb risk in the banking system, the dearth of communication from regulators fueled unconfirmed rumors that the companies had been targeted for political reasons.
In Bob Feller's three no-hitters, admittedly a skewed sample because of the dearth of offense, the games took less than 2 1/2 hours to play -- 2:24, 2:14 and 2:05.
With the U.S. unemployment rate at a 16-year-low of 4.3 percent, employers across the country are dealing with a dearth of potential hires.
Right now there really is a dearth of people with scientific and technical backgrounds at all levels of government.
A dearth of east-west traffic arteries in Mandeville has been a constant burden for the growing number of motorists traversing the city.
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Where Does the Word dearth Come From?
The facts about the history of the word dearth are quite simple: the word derives from the Middle English form "derthe," which has the same meaning as our modern term. That Middle English form is assumed to have developed from an Old English form that was probably spelled "dierth" and was related to "dēore," the Old English form that gave us the word dear. ("Dear" also once meant "scarce," but that sense of the word is now obsolete.) Some form of "dearth" has been used to describe things that are in short supply since at least the 13th century, when it often referred to a shortage of food.
Origin and Etymology of dearth
Middle English derthe, from Old English *dierth, from dēore dear
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of dearth for English Language Learners
: the state or condition of not having enough of something
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