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There’s a dearth of programming for all the new media outlets.
  an insufficient quantity or number
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  • There’s a dearth of programming for all the new media outlets.
  • The dearth of interest might have to do with holiday distractions.
  • There’s never a dearth of campaign promises.
  • It was a fairly awful reminder, the dearth of good memories we had since our move, that my wife was forced to pick Hannibal for her treasure hunt.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • My eyes adjust to the dearth of light.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Since there was an obvious dearth of volunteers, I called on a diminutive boy named Saul, a seventh grader who looked no older than six.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • We have numerous sharpshooters, but rather a dearth of camera crews.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • And as Howard Jones once wrote, "Hopkins, with its large indigent black population, had no dearth of clinical material."
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • The rock, exhibiting a dearth of holds and coated with six inches of crumbly rime, did not look promising, but just left of the main prow was a shallow corner glazed with frozen meltwa-ter.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • And oh, this dearth of the human physiognomy! and, worse than all, the terrible intimation of Kenneth that I need not expect to be out of doors till spring!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • None of the shops were boarded up yet, but observing the dearth of cars parked in front of the businesses, he wondered how long they could hold out.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • No dearth is ever known there, no disease wars on the folk, of ills that plague mankind; but when the townsmen reach old age, Apollo with his longbow of silver comes, and Artemis, showering arrows of mild death.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • To this crib I always took my doll; human beings must love something, and, in the dearth of worthier objects of affection, I contrived to find a pleasure in loving and cherishing a faded graven image, shabby as a miniature scarecrow.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • They all admired to see the foresaid riches in such dearth of money as was herebefore.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • There was a dearth of pens that day in class.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • But, in the verity of extolment, I take him to be a soul of great article, and his infusion of such dearth and rareness as, to make true diction of him, his semblable is his mirror, and who else would trace him, his umbrage, nothing more.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Pity the dearth that I have pined in By longing for that food so long a time.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • In the mere exercise of the fancy, however, and the sportiveness of a growing mind, there might be a little more than was observable in other children of bright faculties; except as Pearl, in the dearth of human playmates, was thrown more upon the visionary throng which she created.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • If there is a dearth of bats, the pigeon must serve us for the offering.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • The dearth of strong moral character, of unbending righteousness, he felt, was their great shortcoming, and here he would begin.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • The contralto will not care to catechise the bass; the tenor will foresee no embarrassing dearth of remark in evenings spent with the lovely soprano.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • I promise you, the effects he writes of succeed unhappily: as of unnaturalness between the child and the parent; death, dearth, dissolutions of ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces and maledictions against king and nobles; needless diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts, nuptial breaches, and I know not what.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • The heat had caused a dearth of conversation and made him welcome almost any question.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • The first and the mildest course is, by keeping the island hovering over such a town, and the lands about it, whereby he can deprive them of the benefit of the sun and the rain, and consequently afflict the inhabitants with dearth and diseases: and if the crime deserve it, they are at the same time pelted from above with great stones, against which they have no defence but by creeping into cellars or caves, while the roofs of their houses are beaten to pieces.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • I was informed treacherously by a young Patrick that neighbor Seeley, an Irishman, in the intervals of the carting, transferred the still tolerable, straight, and drivable nails, staples, and spikes to his pocket, and then stood when I came back to pass the time of day, and look freshly up, unconcerned, with spring thoughts, at the devastation; there being a dearth of work, as he said.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The repeating voices in his head, which he could not shut off—the lack of privacy, under which others ate from his stomach while others again sang in his brain—the dreary blank which replaced feeling—the dearth of all but two values—the total monotony more than the wickedness: these had begun to kill the joy of life which belonged to his boyhood.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The physician had asked McAllister how he expected to replace him — there was a dearth of competent doctors in Macao.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • And indeed a man of Claggart’s accomplishments, without prior nautical experience, entering the navy at mature life, as he did, and necessarily allotted at the start to the lowest grade in it; a man, too, who never made allusion to his previous life ashore; these were circumstances which in the dearth of exact knowledge as to his true antecedents opened to the invidious a vague field for unfavorable surmise.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • To sojourn in that land He comes, invited by a younger son In time of dearth, a son whose worthy deeds Raise him to be the second in that realm Of Pharaoh.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …have crept out of some subterranean sewer, and was stooping along the kennel, and poking the wet rubbish with a stick, in quest of rusty nails; a merchant or two, at the door of the post-office, together with an editor and a miscellaneous politician, awaiting a dilatory mail; a few visages of retired sea-captains at the window of an insurance office, looking out vacantly at the vacant street, blaspheming at the weather, and fretting at the dearth as well of public news as local gossip.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • …marks, baring his breast in the teeth of the wind and in spite of my remonstrances, for I thought it was enough to kill him; he swore horribly whenever he remembered, but more like a silly schoolboy than a man; and boasted of many wild and bad things that he had done: stealthy thefts, false accusations, ay, and even murder; but all with such a dearth of likelihood in the details, and such a weak and crazy swagger in the delivery, as disposed me rather to pity than to believe him.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Will was not displeased with that complimentary comparison, even from Mr. Brooke; for it is a little too trying to human flesh to be conscious of expressing one’s self better than others and never to have it noticed, and in the general dearth of admiration for the right thing, even a chance bray of applause falling exactly in time is rather fortifying.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • They ran: THE IMMORTALS Ever reeking from the vales of earth Ascends to us life’s fevered surge, Wealth’s excess, the rage of dearth, Smoke of death meals on the gallow’s verge; Greed without end, imprisoned air; Murderers’ hands, usurers’ hands, hands of prayer; Exhales in foetid breath the human swarm Whipped on by fear and lust, blood raw, blood warm, Breathing blessedness and savage heats, Eating itself and spewing what it eats, Hatching war and lovely art, Decking out with idiot…
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • …the open scrapbook, displayed in the midst of some theatrical duodecimos that were strewn upon the table; and pasted into which scrapbook were various critical notices of Miss Snevellicci’s acting, extracted from different provincial journals, together with one poetic address in her honour, commencing— Sing, God of Love, and tell me in what dearth Thrice-gifted SNEVELLICCI came on earth, To thrill us with her smile, her tear, her eye, Sing, God of Love, and tell me quickly why.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Untimely storms make men expect a dearth.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Even the latter, in the United States, is often pronounced to rhyme with /dearth/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • It offered a set of bona fide heroes rather than simply a dearth of villains.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • He expounded on the lack of morality in the young, the dearth of organized religion in the home, the school, the workplace.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • The warrior-hall dinn’d now; unto all Danes there waxed, To the castle-abiders, to each of the keen ones, To all earls, as an ale-dearth.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • There were fewer horses and camels to be seen, and a dearth of palanquins, but the streets teemed with children, beggars, and skinny dogs the color of sand.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Never had he seen "such a dearth of public spirit and want of virtue" as among the Yankee soldiers, he confided in a letter to Reed of November 28.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • 41:54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • She didn’t like recalling how he’d laughed at her, but when she had such a dearth of material, she needed every detail, uncomfortable or not.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • The mere ten executions a day were due not to a dearth of candidates but to the necessity of trying them, and to the difficulty of transporting paperwork and documentation to and from Rome.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • …hear him and resent his resentment: When I had my defiance given The sun stood trembling in heaven The moon that glowed remote below Became leprous and white as snow And every soul of men on the earth Felt affliction and sorrow and sickness and dearth God flamed in my path and the Sun was hot With the bows of my mind and the arrows of thought My bowstring fierce with ardor breathes My arrows glow in their golden sheaves My brothers and father march before The heavens drop with human…
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • Every day they grow more convinced that the dearth of bad news about Cuba is a conspiracy by the leftist media to keep international support for El Líder strong.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Many thousands then perished, but the Days of Dearth (1158-60) were at the time of this tale long past and the Hobbits had again become accustomed to plenty.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • And Saint Gregory saith, that precious clothing is culpable for the dearth [dearness] of it, and for its softness, and for its strangeness and disguising, and for the superfluity or for the inordinate scantness of it; alas! may not a man see in our days the sinful costly array of clothing, and namely [specially] in too much superfluity, or else in too disordinate scantness?
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Yet the world is full of ’dark silent men’ and ’languorous brunettes’ who haven’t a brain in their heads, but somehow are never accused of the dearth."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • ] Thus do they, sir: they take the flow o’ the Nile By certain scales i’ the pyramid; they know By the height, the lowness, or the mean, if dearth Or foison follow: the higher Nilus swells The more it promises; as it ebbs, the seedsman Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain, And shortly comes to harvest.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
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