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Synonyms for barren

Synonyms for barren

unable to produce offspring

lacking or unable to produce growing plants or crops

not having a desirable element

a tract of unproductive land

Synonyms for barren

an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

providing no shelter or sustenance

not bearing offspring

completely wanting or lacking

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You go down a flight of stone steps in the middle of a barren place, and there you are.
He has lived in unbroken retirement on the barren island for twenty years past, with no other companion than a daughter, who is his only child.
Think not we long remained blind to the idiotical folly of our founders, who forswore every delight of life for the pleasure of dying martyrs by hunger, by thirst, and by pestilence, and by the swords of savages, while they vainly strove to defend a barren desert, valuable only in the eyes of superstition.
I have carefully searched the oldest voyages, but have not finished my search; as yet I have not found a single instance, free from doubt, of a terrestrial mammal (excluding domesticated animals kept by the natives) inhabiting an island situated above 300 miles from a continent or great continental island; and many islands situated at a much less distance are equally barren.
Not that it was one of those barren parishes lying on the outskirts of civilization--inhabited by meagre sheep and thinly-scattered shepherds: on the contrary, it lay in the rich central plain of what we are pleased to call Merry England, and held farms which, speaking from a spiritual point of view, paid highly-desirable tithes.
AP) BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army needs to liberate Martbia, Siraj Hiqab Al-Shir and Al-Shahut in the barrens of Ras Baalbek and Al-Qaa to declare victory over Daesh, a Lebanese military source told Arab News.
According to a Lebanese Army statement, their forces attacked the ISIL terrorists in Ba'albak Highlands and Qa'a Barrens, killing a number of militatants, Al Masdar reported.
In a statement to SANA, sources on the ground said that an army unit, in cooperation with the Lebanese resistance, killed 6 ISIS members and injured many others in al-Jarajir barrens in the northwest of Damascus Countryside.
Conduct a desk-top analysis of state listed and special concern species of butterflies and moths associated with pitch pine scrub oak barrens to develop a target species list for the survey, using publicly available data and information.
67 SURFGRASS AS A SIGNIFICANT HABITAT: A COMPARISON TO URCHIN BARRENS
In central and southern Colorado, the Niobrara Chalk Barrens consist of small exposed islands of shale that overlie a layer of chalk.
The winter months were spent on the barrens where they hunted caribou and lived in a culture with a duality of communal sharing and individual autonomy.
Summary: The Sand Barrens Golf Club in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is a great option for those who want to combine golfing with holidaying.
The couple were the centre's first and only pair of Cape Barrens.
Staff at the wildlife reserve have been left sickened by the senseless crime, which has robbed them of their first and only pair of Cape Barrens.