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aridity (n.)

"dryness, want of moisture," 1590s, from Middle French aridité or directly from Latin ariditatem (nominative ariditas) "dryness," from aridus "dry" (see arid). Figuratively from 1690s; the Latin word was used figuratively of unadorned styles as well as stingy men.

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Definitions of aridity from WordNet

aridity (n.)
the quality of yielding nothing of value;
Synonyms: fruitlessness / barrenness
aridity (n.)
a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall);
Synonyms: aridness / thirstiness
From wordnet.princeton.edu

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