barren ADJECTIVE 1) (of land) too poor to produce vegetation. 2) (of a female animal) unable to bear young. 3) bleak and lifeless. 4) (barren of) without.
DERIVATIVES barrenness noun.
ORIGIN Old French barhaine.

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  • Barrenness — Bar ren*ness, n. The condition of being barren; sterility; unproductiveness. [1913 Webster] A total barrenness of invention. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barrenness — index blank (emptiness) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • barrenness — late 14c., literal; mid 14c., figurative (of spiritual emptiness), from BARREN (Cf. barren) + NESS (Cf. ness) …   Etymology dictionary

  • barrenness — noun see barren I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • barrenness — See barrenly. * * * …   Universalium

  • barrenness — noun The property of being barren; the property of not supporting life …   Wiktionary

  • barrenness — It was the worst of misfortunes for a Hebrew or Jewish wife not to bear children (1 Sam. 1:10 ff.). So the prediction that women who were childless will be thankful is an indication of how appalling will be the disaster to fall on Jerusalem… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • barrenness — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. sterility, unproductiveness, infecundity, infertility, childlessness, effeteness, impotence, desolateness, unfruitfulness, bleakness, emptiness, aridness, aridity, agenesis, unfructuosity. Ant. fertility*, fruitfulness,… …   English dictionary for students

  • barrenness — bar·ren·ness || bærÉ™nɪ n. sterility, infertility; desolateness, emptiness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • barrenness — n 1. childlessness, sterility, infertility, unprolificness, infecundity, Med. agenesis, impotence, effeteness. 2. unproductiveness, unyieldingness, unfruitfulness, fruitlessness; exhaustion, depletion, impoverishment; meagerness, scarcity,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder