Dearth vs Unearth - What's the difference?

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As a noun dearth

is a period or condition when food is rare and hence expensive; famine.

As a verb unearth is

to drive or draw from the earth.

dearth

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Noun

(en noun)
  • (rfc-sense) A period or condition when food is rare and hence expensive; famine.
  • (by extension) Scarcity; a lack or short supply.
  • * 1608 , William Shakespeare, King Lear :
  • I promise you, the effects he writes of succeed unhappily: as of unnaturalness between the child and the parent; death, dearth , dissolutions of ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces and maledictions against king and nobles; needless diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts, nuptial breaches, and I know not what.
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  • (obsolete) Dearness; the quality of being rare or costly.
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  • Synonyms

    * (period when food is rare) famine, shortage * (scarcity) paucity, scarcity

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    unearth

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    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To drive or draw from the earth.
  • To uncover or find; to bring out from concealment; to bring to light; to disclose.
  • to unearth a secret
  • To dig up.
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