Scarce"ness (?), Scar"ci*ty (?), n.

The quality or condition of being scarce; smallness of quantity in proportion to the wants or demands; deficiency; lack of plenty; short supply; penury; as, a scarcity of grain; a great scarcity of beauties.

Chaucer.

A scarcity of snow would raise a mutiny at Naples. Addison.

Praise . . . owes its value to its scarcity. Rambler.

The value of an advantage is enhanced by its scarceness. Collier.

Syn. -- Deficiency; lack; want; penury; dearth; rareness; rarity; infrequency.

 

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