Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being arid; dryness; want of moisture.
  • noun Figuratively, want of interest; dryness; lifelessness.
  • noun Dullness of mind or situation; depression; tedium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being arid or without moisture; dryness.
  • noun Fig.: Want of interest of feeling; insensibility; dryness of style or feeling; spiritual drought.

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  • noun A long term lack of rainfall or moisture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall)
  • noun the quality of yielding nothing of value

Etymologies

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French aridité, from Latin ariditas "dryness"

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