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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.

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. scarce

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

    Antonyms:
    common, frequent, abundant, valueless, thick, plentiful

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scarceadverb

    deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

    "fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"

    Antonyms:
    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, scarceadverb

    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

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

    Antonyms:
    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. scarceadjective

    Synonyms:
    deficient, wanting, not plentiful, not abundant

  2. scarceadjective

    Synonyms:
    rare, uncommon, infrequent

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. scarceadjective

    Synonyms:
    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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How to use scarce in a sentence?

  1. Elbert Hubbard:

    There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.

  2. Karen Orenstein:

    It would seem a no-brainer that scarce public resources should be directed toward those most in need, not giant banks.

  3. Zhao Yang:

    We are not sure whether the capacity of the facility could meet all the demand and protect the environment from damage, compared with Guangdong, where our fabric mill sites are, Xinjiang's water is very scarce.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce

  5. Susanne Legena:

    Periods don't stop during a pandemic, but managing them safely and with dignity has become a whole lot harder, in many countries, period products have become scarce and vulnerable girls and young women, in particular, are going without.

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