The quality or condition of being scarce; smallness of quantity in proportion to the wants or demands; deficiency; lack of plenty; short supply; penury; as, a scarcity of grain; a great scarcity of beauties
"A scarcity of snow would raise a mutiny at Naples."
"Praise . . . owes its value to its scarcity."
"The value of an advantage is enhanced by its scarceness."