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Synonyms for scarce

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scarce(adverb)

    deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

    "fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"

    rank, overabundant, rich, long, lush, plentiful, teeming, rampant, ample, plethoric, verdant, abounding, torrential, plenteous, thick, riotous, abundant, copious, galore(ip), superabundant, profuse, luxuriant, easy, exuberant, rife, voluminous

  2. barely, hardly, just, scarcely, scarce(adverb)

    only a very short time before

    "they could barely hear the speaker"; "we hardly knew them"; "just missed being hit"; "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"; "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats

    just, barely, hardly, scarcely, merely, scantily, exactly, simply, but, precisely, only, just now

    luxuriant, superabundant, abundant, plenteous, torrential, plethoric, overabundant, abounding, copious, galore(ip), long, rife, profuse, thick, teeming, riotous, voluminous, ample, rank, rich, plentiful, exuberant, easy, rampant, lush, verdant

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. scarce

    Unique is alone of its kind; rare is infrequent of its kind; great poems are rare; "Paradise Lost" is unique. To say of a thing that it is rare is simply to affirm that it is now seldom found, whether previously common or not; as, a rare old book; a rare word; to call a thing scarce implies that it was at some time more plenty, as when we say food or money is scarce. A particular fruit or coin may be rare; scarce applies to demand and use, and almost always to concrete things; to speak of virtue, genius, or heroism as scarce would be somewhat ludicrous. Rare has the added sense of precious, which is sometimes, but not necessarily, blended with that above given; as, a rare gem. Extraordinary, signifying greatly beyond the ordinary, is a neutral word, capable of a high and good sense or of an invidious, opprobrious, or contemptuous signification; as, extraordinary genius; extraordinary wickedness; an extraordinary assumption of power; extraordinary antics; an extraordinary statement is incredible without overwhelming proof.

    See synonyms for GENERAL; NORMAL; USUAL.

    curious, extraordinary, incomparable, infrequent, odd, peculiar, precious, rare, remarkable, singular, strange, uncommon, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, unusual

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. scarce

    rare, infrequent, unabundant, unique, uncommon, unusual, singular, precious, choice, few, wanting, sparse

    common, frequent, abundant, valueless, thick, plentiful

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. scarce(a.)

    deficient, wanting, not plentiful, not abundant

  2. scarce(a.)

    rare, uncommon, infrequent

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. scarce(a)

    rare, unplentiful, deficient

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "scarce":

    rare, meagre, limited, scant, few, uncommon, sparse, little, lean, infrequent, meager, low

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  1. Ahmed Sabah:

    Water became scarce and boats stopped coming to the area and after that our animals started to lose weight and then die. We gave them medicine, but in vain, they return home to lay on straw and die. We often slaughter them and we have to burn animals we find dead in the water .... We have lost a large number of our animals.

  2. Jackie Caradonio:

    The most important thing to remember when visiting Cuba is that it is still very isolated, internet is scarce, ATMs are even scarcer.

  3. Joachim Blatter:

    It is important for Swiss business to know what will happen with immigration and the pool of labor. For Switzerland, like many other countries, skilled labor will become scarce in the years ahead.

  4. Kevin Kelly:

    The only factor becoming scarce in a world of abundance is human attention.

  5. Everett Millman:

    There was going to be a backlog in the silver bullion supply chain that rendered Silver Eagles more scarce either way.

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