Synonyms: scarcity, dearth
Sentence: The king lost the battle because of paucity of soldiers in his army.
Under The Lens: Paucity Etymology
Paucity comes from the Latin root paucus (few, little). Paucity means scarcity or fewness. From the same root we get the word pauper which means a very poor person or someone who has little or no means to support himself.