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Synonyms for barren
ˈbær ənbar·ren

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Wiktionary

  1. barrenadjective

    Synonyms:
    sterile

    Antonyms:
    fertile, fruitful

  2. barrenadjective

    unable to bear children; sterile

    The pine barrens are a site lonely enough to suit any hermit.

    Synonyms:
    sterile

    Antonyms:
    fruitful, fertile

  3. barrenadjective

    of poor fertility, infertile

    Synonyms:
    sterile

    Antonyms:
    fertile, fruitful

  4. barrenadjective

    bleak

    Synonyms:
    sterile

    Antonyms:
    fruitful, fertile

  5. barrenadjective

    not productive

    Synonyms:
    sterile

    Antonyms:
    fertile, fruitful

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barren, waste, wastelandadjective

    an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

    "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"

    Synonyms:
    waste product, waste, thriftlessness, permissive waste, wastefulness, waste matter, dissipation, waste material, wasteland

    Antonyms:
    existent, existing, fertile, hospitable

  2. bare, barren, bleak, desolate, starkadjective

    providing no shelter or sustenance

    "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape"

    Synonyms:
    spare, bare(a), devoid, perfect(a), consummate(a), blunt, unornamented, austere, au naturel(p), bare, raw, marginal, arrant(a), black, severe, gross(a), staring(a), simple(a), stripped, desolate, destitute, mere(a), cutting, everlasting(a), double-dyed(a), crude(a), dim, complete(a), innocent, plain, nude, unsheathed, pure(a), unfinished, stark(a), unadulterated, thoroughgoing(a), free, naked, bleak, unembellished, sodding(a), scanty, stark, utter(a), stern

    Antonyms:
    fertile, existent, existing, hospitable

  3. barrenadjective

    not bearing offspring

    "a barren woman"; "learned early in his marriage that he was sterile"

    Synonyms:
    stark, bare, free, innocent, destitute, desolate, devoid, bleak

    Antonyms:
    existing, existent, hospitable, fertile

  4. barren, destitute, devoid, free, innocentadjective

    completely wanting or lacking

    "writing barren of insight"; "young recruits destitute of experience"; "innocent of literary merit"; "the sentence was devoid of meaning"

    Synonyms:
    guiltless, gratis(p), ingenuous, innocuous, indigent, needy, impeccant, complimentary, destitute, loose, costless, liberal, free, stark, unacquainted(p), desolate, gratuitous, clean-handed, impoverished, detached, spare, innocent(p), innocent, poverty-stricken, sinless, devoid, bleak, bare, necessitous

    Antonyms:
    existent, hospitable, fertile, existing

Editors Contribution

  1. empty

    wasteland; has no sight of plants, water, or any form of living things; lifeless

    "the barren wasteland was dry and lifeless"

    Submitted by anonymous on May 3, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. barrenadjective

    Synonyms:
    unprolific, incapable of bearing offspring, not prolific

  2. barrenadjective

    Synonyms:
    unfertile, fruitless, unproductive, sterile, ACARPOUS

  3. barrenadjective

    Synonyms:
    scanty, not copious

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#6173spare
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#7271innocent
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#11024marginal
#11372blunt
#12087detached
#12618stark
#14913stripped
#15984unfinished
#17502sterile
#18314arid
#19779needy
#21904tundra
#24547barren
#25029bleak
#25972dissipation
#27252devoid
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#29478wasteland
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#36359desolate
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#48348unproductive
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#67164scanty
#68734unadulterated
#90306sinless
#121187guiltless
#140917ingenuous
#151832costless
#219582unsheathed
#243467wastefulness

How to use barren in a sentence?

  1. Nirmala Sitharaman:

    A scheme to enable farmers to set up solar power generation capacity on their barren/fallow lands and to sell it to the grid would be operationalized.

  2. from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Translation by Edward Fitzgerald):

    You know, my Friends, with what a brave CarouseI made a Second Marriage in my house; Divorced old barren Reason from my Bed,And took the Daughter of the Vine to Spouse.For "Is" and "Is-not" though with Rule and LineAnd "Up-and-down" by Logic I define, Of all that one should care to fathom, IWas never deep in anything but - Wine.

  3. Luxon Mabvongwe:

    Livestock was our bank because people expected to sell and raise money for school fees, but they are all dying and there are no pastures. If you look around you, it's just barren.

  4. Calvin Coolidge:

    No other theory is adequate to explain or comprehend the Declaration of Independence. It is the product of the spiritual insight of the people. We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren sceptre in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshiped.

  5. Goa Kerle:

    We go hungry because we keep expecting fruit from barren lands.


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