- Scarceness Scarce"ness, Scarcity 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. [1913 Webster]
Praise . . . owes its value to its scarcity. --Rambler. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.