barren

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. infertile, unprofitable, unproductive; sterile; stark, bare. See uselessness.Ant., fertile.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Incapable of producing young]
Syn. sterile, impotent, infertile, childless; see sterile 1 .
2. [Lacking vegetation]
Syn. fallow, unproductive, desolate, arid; see sterile 2 .
3. [Without intellectual interest]
Syn. insipid, dry, boring, stupid; see dull 4 .
4. [Unprofitable]
Syn. fruitless, unproductive, profitless; see waste , worthless 1 .
See Synonym Study at naked , sterile .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. desolate sterile, empty, bare, depleted, void, unproductive, arid, stark.
2. childless infertile, sterile, infecund, unbearing.
3. dull boring, uninteresting, stale, uninspiring.
ANT.: 1. fertile, lush, rich, fruitful. 2. fertile, fecund. 3. interesting, inspiring
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Unable to produce offspring: childless, impotent, infertile, sterile, unfruitful. See RICH. 2. Lacking or unable to produce growing plants or crops: infertile, sterile, unfruitful, unproductive. See RICH. 3. Having no useful result: bootless, fruitless, futile, unavailing, unprofitable, unsuccessful, useless, vain. Idiom: in vain. See THRIVE, USED. 4. Not having a desirable element: destitute, devoid, empty, innocent, lacking, void, wanting. Idiom: in want of. See FULL. II noun A tract of unproductive land. Often used in plural: badlands, desert1, waste, wasteland, wilderness. See RICH.

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