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dearth (noun) scarcity.
When something is scarce, there is a dearth of it. A dearth of trained teachers is the lack of enough number of them. A dearth of talent is the lack of talented people in any field. When something is not available in sufficient quantity or number, there is a dearth of it.
- There is dearth of skilled labor and so the industry is facing a lot of difficulty for want of skilled hands.
- Very soon the world is going to face the dearth of manpower, as technological progress and improved standards of living are making human labor very scarce.