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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

References in classic literature ?
We sailed through the barren Archipelago, and into the narrow channel they sometimes call the Dardanelles and sometimes the Hellespont.
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. The Falkland Islands, which are inhabited by a wolf-like fox, come nearest to an exception; but this group cannot be considered as oceanic, as it lies on a bank connected with the mainland; moreover, icebergs formerly brought boulders to its western shores, and they may have formerly transported foxes, as so frequently now happens in the arctic regions.
I am tired of repeating the epithets barren and sterile.
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.
After all, I pity them less than the thousands of unfortunates to whom so much riches well-distributed would have been profitable, whilst for them they will be for ever barren."
FARMERS running a flock of ewes where more than 2% have scanned as barren can now ask for a subsidised flock blood test to find out whether the problem is being caused by toxoplasmosis.
The project is aimed to control wastage of water and utilise it for cultivation purpose and to reduce the cost of labour to cultivate barren lands near the village.
The two teams played to a barren draw in the first leg played in Nairobi on August 10, taking the stakes in Friday's encounter a notch higher.
Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of 13 kilometres long Barawai Irrigation Scheme which will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 150 Million and will irrigate 551 acres of barren land.
SEBASTIAO RIBEIRO SALGADO, a Brazilian famed photographer, with his wife Lelia morphed a severely damaged and barren landscape, due to rampant deforestation and disappearing wildlife, in Minas Gerais region of Brazil into a lush green forest by planting some 'two million' trees for the duration of 20 years consistently.
Twentyfour animals (12 intact males, 12 females) were housed in physically enriched pens and 24 animals (12 intact males, 12 females) housed in barren pens.