Definitions

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  • adj. comparative form of barren: more barren

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cow not in calf for the year.

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Examples

  • The country under Sofaid-Koh presents a long strip of cultivation, with many villages: hills barrener than ever, chiefly limestone.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries

  • Here, indeed, was a man on whom his fellows might lean, a man in whom the generation of spiritual force was so strong and continuous that it overflowed of necessity into the poorer, barrener lives around him, kindling and enriching.

    Robert Elsmere

  • The lonely shores were yellow with drought; the islands grew wilder and barrener; the course of the river was for miles at a stretch through country which gave no signs of human life.

    Complete March Family Trilogy

  • You could not conceive how anything could be barrener than these serrated outlines, or gloomier than these shattered mountains -- until you looked at the plain that encircled them.

    All Around the Moon

  • By day engrossing deeds and copying long-winded papers, about the quarrels and wrongs of Mr.A. and Mr.B. – and at night digging into parchment-covered books, a dryer and barrener soil than any near Wut-a-qut-o or on the old mountain itself, and which must nevertheless be digged into for certain dry and musty fruits of knowledge to be fetched out of them.

    The Hills of the Shatemuc

  • By day engrossing deeds and copying long-winded papers, about the quarrels and wrongs of Mr.A. and Mr.B. -- and at night digging into parchment-covered books, a dryer and barrener soil than any near Wut-a-qut-o or on the old mountain itself, and which must nevertheless be digged into for certain dry and musty fruits of knowledge to be fetched out of them.

    Hills of the Shatemuc

  • In a word, he is a pest and a monster; greedier than the sea, and barrener than the shore; a scandal to religion, and an exception from common humanity; and upon no other account fit to live in this world, but to be made an example of God's justice in the next.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. III.

  • a beautiful object, Rhododendron minus ceases with the barrener tracts.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries

  • Here, indeed, was a man on whom his fellows might lean, a man in whom the generation of spiritual force was so strong and continuous that it overflowed of necessity into the poorer, barrener lives around him, kindling and enriching. "

    An Estimate of the Value and Influence of Works of Fiction in Modern Times

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