[ US /ˈskɛɹsɫi/ ]
[ UK /skˈe‍əsli/ ]
  1. almost not
    they scarcely ever used the emergency generator
    he hardly ever goes fishing
    we were so far back in the theater, we could barely read the subtitles
    she barely seemed to notice him
    he was scarce sixteen years old
    I can hardly hear what she is saying
  2. only a very short time before
    we hardly knew them
    had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open
    would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave
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How To Use scarcely In A Sentence

  • They are very much secluded from the rest of Chiloe, and have scarcely any sort of commerce, except sometimes in a little oil, which they get from seal-blubber. Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle
  • The English were among the first to revive the "Louis XIV style" as it was miscalled at first, and paid inflated prices for second-hand Rococo luxury goods that could scarcely be sold in Paris.
  • Freedom was alive as well, in a vivid and scarcely palatable way. Times, Sunday Times
  • What is at stake in this novelty could scarcely be greater.
  • Scarcely had I managed, helped by the second mate, Aaron Northrup, to lower away half-a-dozen barrels and kegs, when all cried from the boat that they were casting off. Chapter 19
  • Expectations, helpfully, could scarcely be lower.
  • In Athens they scarcely appear above the horizon, so the early Greek texts undermined their importance.
  • Dio Cassius can scarcely be mistaken when he says that Tyre and Sidon were "enslaved" -- i.e. deprived of freedom -- by Augustus, [14477] who must certainly have revoked the privilege originally granted by Pompey. History of Phoenicia
  • Some critics will accuse Duffy of acting as apologist for a campaign of violent repression, but this would scarcely be fair: “confronted by the sanctified savageries of the Tudor age, it would be a hard heart that withheld pity from the victims or felt no indignation against the perpetrators”. A Not so Bloody Mary ?
  • But for all its glories, Victorian was also a time of grinding hard work, belching mill chimneys and the sort of poverty scarcely imaginable today.
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