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Synonyms for aridness

a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall)

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In the period of Sontag's greatest influence, when she had declared realism in contemporary fiction to be passe, when novels were to be admired for the aridness of a stringent metaphysics, a deep discord descended, a choking chaos suffocated.
Deeply concerned with the spiritual aridness of Spain, Unamuno searches for a balm for the national soul, and proposes to find it in the spiritual abstraction of Don Quixote.
Performances from the group - soprano Sarah Westwood, Alan Davis (recorder), Jean Gubbins (viola da gamba, cello) and Richard Silk (harpsichord, chamber organ) - bring scholarship without aridness, authentic style without preciosity.
models how one might play literary games in a post-ironic context, in a context that avoids the emotional aridness too often associated with innovative prose.
They have become the missionaries to our generation who can deliver us from much of the aridness that passes for Presbyterianism today.
This ability to give a humanity to sociological themes offsets some of the aridness that arises when they are placed in the context of postmodernism.