Paucity (n.): the presence of something only in small or insufficient quantities or amounts; scarcity.

Synonyms: shortage, poverty

Example Sentence: The paucity of water in California is projected to be somewhat replenished due to the snow buildup in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Dearth (n.): A scarcity or lack of something.

Synonyms: lack, shortage

Example Sentence: Due to the Sony hackers, many movie theater companies will not be screening The Interview; this will cause a dearth of revenue for Sony.

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