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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.

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scarceadverb

    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, 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

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. scarceadjective

    deficient, wanting, not plentiful, not abundant

  2. scarceadjective

    rare, uncommon, infrequent

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. scarceadjective

    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. Bai Li:

    People still think being fat is a good thing. Pacific Island's particularly true for older generation. They often grew up in poverty when food was scarce, grandparents often live with the family and given that parents often both work, they play a big role in deciding what children eat.

  2. Alejandro Aravena:

    There are things that they know much better than us, and if somebody knows how to make the most efficient use of scarce resources it's poor families, they are masters in establishing priorities, and we wanted to take that wisdom into the system.

  3. Mark Twain:

    At the beginning of a great national change, the patriot is a scarce man: scorned, ridiculed and forgotten. When his cause succeeds, however, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

  4. Elbert Hubbard:

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

  5. 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.

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