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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A condition yielding nothing of value; The state (usually of a woman) of having no children or being unable to have children.

Usage examples (32)
  • How often, gliding by in barrenness, has it cast a shade of unutterable dejection on the dial of a sunless day.
  • Now, much of the so-called barrenness of country life is the oak minus the polish.
  • The infinite lavish fulness of the present quite laughed at the idea of barrenness or want anywhere in time to come.
  • Thus Italy is very poor in annals, a barrenness which is attributed to the lack of speculative and theological interests in the country. for more
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  • The baroness (woman of nobility) was unhappy because of her barrenness (inability to bear a child).
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