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Synonyms for barren
ˈbær ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barren, waste, wasteland(adj)

    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, stark(adj)

    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. barren(adj)

    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, innocent(adj)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. barren(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    sterile

    Antonyms:
    fertile, fruitful

  2. barren(adjective)

    unable to bear children; sterile

    I silently wept as my daughter's husband rejected her. What would she do now that she was no longer a maiden but also barren?

    Synonyms:
    sterile

    Antonyms:
    fruitful, fertile

  3. barren(adjective)

    of poor fertility, infertile

    Synonyms:
    sterile

    Antonyms:
    fruitful, fertile

  4. barren(adjective)

    bleak

    Synonyms:
    sterile

    Antonyms:
    fruitful, fertile

  5. barren(adjective)

    not productive

    Synonyms:
    sterile

    Antonyms:
    fertile, fruitful

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. barren(a.)

    Synonyms:
    unprolific, incapable of bearing offspring, not prolific

  2. barren(a.)

    Synonyms:
    unfertile, fruitless, unproductive, sterile, ACARPOUS

  3. barren(a.)

    Synonyms:
    scanty, not copious

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    sterile, arid, infertile, bare, skinned, unproductive, tundra, tailings, desolate, semi-arid

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#42free
#271black
#828nude
#1895naked
#1980waste
#3079raw
#3226plain
#3717cutting
#3964severe
#4110liberal
#5227loose
#6173spare
#6959bare
#7271innocent
#9389dim
#9440complimentary
#10536stern
#11024marginal
#11372blunt
#12087detached
#12618stark
#14913stripped
#15984unfinished
#17502sterile
#18314arid
#19779needy
#21904tundra
#24547barren
#25029bleak
#25972dissipation
#27252devoid
#27520skinned
#29478wasteland
#30192impoverished
#35529indigent
#36359desolate
#39008gratuitous
#43391destitute
#43825tailings
#48348unproductive
#48630innocuous
#53038austere
#55394infertile
#67164scanty
#68734unadulterated
#90306sinless
#121187guiltless
#140917ingenuous
#151832costless
#219582unsheathed
#243467wastefulness

How to use barren in a sentence?

  1. Peggy Noonan, special assistant and speech writer to Reagan, 1984-88:

    The battle for the mind of Ronald Reagan was like the trench warfare of World War I: never have so many fought so hard for such barren terrain.

  2. Alien Life -RSB- Raymond:

    If you've been there or seen pictures, you know how barren that landscape is, in terms of fundamental nutrient availability of carbon and nitrogen, these things are tough to get your hands on when you're in a biological soil crust.

  3. Colette:

    Can it be that chance has made me one of those women so immersed in one man that, whether they are barren or not, they carry with them to the grave the shriveled innocence of an old maid?

  4. Terry Kerby:

    If we misguessed, we could have spent the entire dive looking at barren bottom, we guessed right, and the very first thing that came out of the dark was that giant hangar door. And then the conning tower was totally intact, laying on its side with three periscopes sticking out without a dent in them.

  5. Bertrand Russell:

    When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others. It is much more nearly certain that we are assembled here tonight than it is that this or that political party is in the right. Certainly there are degrees of certainty, and one should be very careful to emphasize that fact, because otherwise one is landed in an utter skepticism, and complete skepticism would, of course, be totally barren and completely useless.


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