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  • adjective Alternative spelling of rarefied.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of rarify.

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  • adjective having low density
  • adjective of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style


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  • It will fall on deaf ears as that kind of expression is rare in rarified D.C., a place that pays $700 billion on long odds, without any strings attached, a simple insider job with the cops turning their heads (all done in a few days without any public hearings) and then refuses to consider saving our last big manufacturing industry with or without strings.

    Stevens Bows Out in Alaska Senate Race - The Caucus Blog - 2008

  • (They're not exactly in rarified company, since PJPII has cranked out saints during his papacy at an indecent pace.) 1.

    10/04/2004 2004

  • Some things he does at the plate are in rarified terrritory.

    New park helps keep Kendall in place 2000

  • Cox will be floating in rarified air tonight as manager of the National League

    Cox, Braves say it's good to be home 2000

  • Research has shown this to be the seventh occasion on which this club has been honoured by an address from you and this fact made me wonder whether perhaps you might be breaking a record of some sort and, indeed, I found that you are in rarified company.

    The State of the Economy 1984

  • Described as rarified energy like mist, the ethereal soul directs our movement through life in any direction, taking our life experiences and learning from them in order to bring us to higher levels where creative visions, imagination, projections, and plans can arise.

    The Way of the Fertile Soul Randine Lewis 2007

  • Interstellar space could, in general, be defined as a rarified nothingness, a more perfect vacuum than anything achievable in a laboratory.

    Trek to Madworld Goldin, Stephen 1978

  • The accusation was that the Foundation uses 'the system' to create prizes that ultimately benefits 'the system' - a kind of rarified, new boys 'network of billionaires creating new frontiers for their businesses.

    Amy Y. Day: A New Kind Of Blowin' In The Wind 2008

  • The Lithuanian auteur has long been known, if not exactly loved, for a kind of rarified ultra-minimalism - long takes in grainy B

    indieWIRE News 2010

  • Still, the stop sign made stop an everyday sight rather than a word reserved for rare occasions and rarified vocabularies.

    The English Is Coming! Leslie Dunton-Downer 2010


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