Scarceness Scarce"ness, Scarcity Scar"ci*ty, n. The quality or condition of being scarce; smallness of quantity in proportion to the wants or demands; deficiency; lack of plenty; short supply; penury; as, a scarcity of grain; a great scarcity of beauties. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

A scarcity of snow would raise a mutiny at Naples. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Praise . . . owes its value to its scarcity. --Rambler. [1913 Webster]

The value of an advantage is enhanced by its scarceness. --Collier. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Deficiency; lack; want; penury; dearth; rareness; rarity; infrequency. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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