640. Insufficiency.

640. Insufficiency.NOUN. insufficiency; inadequacy, inadequateness; incompetence &c. (impotence) 158; deficiency &c. (incompleteness) 53; imperfection &c. 651; shortcoming &c. 304; paucity; stint; scantiness &c. (smallness) 32; none to spare, bare subsistence.

scarcity, dearth; want, need, lack, poverty, exigency; inanition, starvation, famine, drought.

dole, mite, pittance; short allowance, short commons; half rations; banyan day.

emptiness, poorness &c. adj.; depletion, vacancy, flaccidity; ebb tide; low water; “a beggarly account of empty boxes” {Shakespeare—Romeo and Juliet. (See Phrases below); indigence &c. 804; insolvency &c. (nonpayment) 808.

VERB. be insufficient &c. adj.; not suffice &c. 639; come short of &c. 304 run dry.

want, lack, need, require; caret; be in want &c. (poor) 804, live from hand to mouth.

render insufficient &c. adj.; drain of resources, impoverish &c. (waste) 638; stint &c. (begrudge) 819; put on short allowance.

do insufficiently &c. adv.; scotch the snake.

ADJ. insufficient, inadequate; too little &c. 32; not enough &c. 639; unequal to; incompetent &c. (impotent) 158; “weighed in the balance and found wanting”; perfunctory &c. (neglect) 460; deficient &c. (incomplete) 53; wanting, &c. v.; imperfect &c. 651; ill-furnished, ill-provided, ill-stored, ill-off.

slack, at a low ebb; empty, vacant, bare; short of, out of, destitute of, devoid of, bereft of &c. 789; denuded of; dry, drained.

unprovided, unsupplied, unfurnished; unreplenished, unfed; unstored, untreasured; empty-handed.

meager, poor, thin, scrimp, sparing, spare, stinted; starved, starving; halfstarved, famine-stricken, famished; jejune.

scant &c. (small) 32; scarce; not to be had, not to be had for love or money, not to be had at any price; scurvy; stingy &c. 819; at the end of one’s tether; without resources &c. 632; in want &c. (poor) 804; in debt &c. 806.

ADV. insufficiently &c. adj.; in default of, for want of; failing.

PHR. Sperne voluptates: nocet emta dolore voluptas. / Semper avarus eget: certum voto pete finem. [Lat.] {Horace—Epistolæ. Bk. I. ii. 55. “Scorn delights: pleasure bought with pain is hurtful. The covetous man always wants; set some fixed limit to your prayers.” }.

There’s a-plenty of boys that’s mighty good and friendly when YOU’VE got a good thing, but when a good thing happens to come their way they don’t say a word to you, and try to hog it all. That warn’t ever Tom Sawyer’s way, I can say that for him. There’s plenty of boys that will come hankering and groveling around you when you’ve got an apple and beg the core off of you; but when they’ve got one, and you beg for the core and remind them how you give them a core one time, they say thank you ’most to death, but there ain’t a-going to be no core.

{Mark Twain—Tom Sawyer Abroad. Ch. 1.}.

Nescit plebs jejuna timere. [Lat.] {Proverb“A starving populace knows nothing of fear.” }.

Pobreza nunca em amores fez bom feito. [Por.] {Proverb“Poverty never sped well in love.” }.

Als de armoede de deur binnenkomt, vliegt de liefde het venster nit. [Dut.] {Proverb“Where poverty comes in at the door, love flies out at the window.” }.

“Better a brutal starving nation, / Than men with thoughts above their station.” {John Masefield—The Everlasting Mercy. L. 965.}.

“Nought was said of the years of pain, / The starving stomach, the maddened brain, / The years of sorrow and want and toil, / And the murdering rent for the bit of soil.” {Robert Buchanan—O’Murtogh.}.

I do remember an apothecary,—
And hereabouts he dwells,—whom late I noted
In tatter’d weeds, with overwhelming brows,
Culling of simples; meagre were his looks,
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones;
And in his needy shop a tortoise hung,
An alligator stuff’d, and other skins
Of ill-shaped fishes; and about his shelves
A beggarly account of empty boxes,
Green earthen pots, bladders, and musty seeds,
Remnants of packthread, and old cakes of roses
Were thinly scattered, to make up a show.

{Shakespeare—Romeo and Juliet. Act V. Sc. 1.}.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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