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Scantness   Listen

The quality of being meager.  Synonyms: exiguity, leanness, meagerness, meagreness, poorness, scantiness.

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"Scantness" Quotes from Famous Books

... fair Iuelus, lay them down under the boughs of a high tree and array the feast. They spread wheaten cakes along the sward under their meats—so Jove on high prompted—and crown the platter of corn with wilding fruits. Here haply when the rest was spent, and scantness of food set them to eat their thin bread, and with hand and venturous teeth do violence to the round cakes fraught with fate and spare not the flattened squares: Ha! Are we eating our tables too? cries Iuelus jesting, and stops. At once that accent heard set their toils a limit; ...
— The Aeneid of Virgil • Virgil

Words linked to "Scantness" :   inadequacy, scant, deficiency, abstemiousness, insufficiency, sparsity, spareness, wateriness, thinness, sparseness

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