[ UK /bˈæɹənnəs/ ]
  1. the quality of yielding nothing of value
  2. the state (usually of a woman) of having no children or being unable to have children
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How To Use barrenness In A Sentence

  • Poppy-heads were used "with success" to relieve diseases of the head, and the root of the "mandrake," from its supposed resemblance to the human form, was a very ancient remedy for barrenness and was evidently so esteemed by Rachel, in the account given in Genesis 30: 14 ff. Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing
  • I thought the barrenness was because of basaltic and granite rocks, and the greenery was due to rich soil after Ghodgaon.
  • Granted, deserts are teeming with life, but we typically associate notions of barrenness, emptiness, lifelessnessand other such ideas with ‘desert.’
  • The chameleon has the ability to bring long life or death, fecundity or barrenness, depending on its color.
  • An unavenged murder could in extreme cases cause barrenness and crop failure, as in Sophocles ' Oedipus the King.
  • That over-irrigation condemned Mesopotamia in West Asia, once the cradle of civilisation, to barrenness for the last three thousand years, does not deter them.
  • How often, gliding by in barrenness, has it cast a shade of unutterable dejection on the dial of a sunless day. Stuart of Dunleath: A Story of Modern Times
  • Coleridge's attack on the "beggarly daydreaming" of romance reading noted that "the whole material and imagery of the doze is supplied ab extra by a sort of mental camera obscura manufactured at the printing office, which pro tempore fixes, reflects and transmits the moving fantasms of one man's delirium, so as to people the barrenness of an hundred other brains afflicted with the same trance or suspension of all common sense and all definite purpose" (1975, 28). Reading Machines
  • On the northern side are a few scattered dwellings, and some attempts at cultivation; on the southern nothing appears but immense piles of rocks, with bushes, scattered here and there in their hollows and crevices; if their summer appearance conveys the idea of barrenness, their winter appearance must be dreadful in this region of almost everlasting frost and snow. A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed. Late A Surgeon On Board An American Privateer, Who Was Captured At Sea By The British, In May, Eighteen Hundred And Thirteen, And Was Confined First, At Melville Island, Halifax, Then At Chatham, In Engla
  • Indeed, I have worn out the mortars with beating wool and pounding drugs,186 and I am not to blame; the barrenness is with thee, for that thou art a snub-nosed mule and thy sperm is weak and watery and impregnateth not neither getteth children. The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
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