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English adjective: barren

1. barren providing no shelter or sustenance


SamplesBare rocky hills.
Barren lands.
The bleak treeless regions of the high Andes.
The desolate surface of the moon.
A stark landscape.


Synonymsbare, bleak, desolate, stark


Similarinhospitable


Antonymshospitable

2. barren not bearing offspring


SamplesA barren woman.
Learned early in his marriage that he was sterile.


Similarinfertile, sterile, unfertile


Antonymsfertile

3. barren completely wanting or lacking


SamplesWriting barren of insight.
Young recruits destitute of experience.
Innocent of literary merit.
The sentence was devoid of meaning.


Synonymsdestitute, devoid, free, innocent


Similarnonexistent


Antonymsexistent, existing


English noun: barren

1. barren (location) an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation


SamplesThe barrens of central Africa.
The trackless wastes of the desert.


Synonymswaste, wasteland


Broader (hypernym)wild, wilderness


Narrower (hyponym)heath, heathland









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