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Examples of rarefied in a Sentence
It's difficult to breathe in the rarefied air near the mountain's peak.
Recent Examples of rarefied from the Web
Mostly these just further inflamed mucous membranes already unhappy with the rarefied air, although someone was running something that evidently came in Tropical Punch flavor.
All three men belong to a rarefied group of opera enthusiasts from central Italy called Il Club dei 27.
Certainly, the fans of Davis occupy a more rarefied space in the American imaginary than those of any Soundcloud rapper.
But—as Garrett Pell, Jonathan Martin, J. D. Greear, hundreds of alumni at Liberty University, and thousands of women of ChurchToo suggest—that rarefied and uncomfortable niche may not suit all Christians.
That rarefied air, in which only the truly spectacular exist, was exclusively his domain for a night — an occasion to bask in the glow of an outpouring of accolades.
And unlike the rest of us, who do not breathe the same rarefied air that the Oscar winner and environmental activist also consumes, Haddish has had the opportunity to actually chat up DiCaprio.
Look at the World Cup rosters of the top 10 contenders according to international oddsmakers, the rarefied air the U.S. hopes to breathe one day.
The people who populate her rarefied world come across as soulless at worst, latently miserable at best, more Anna Delvey than something to aspire to.
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Did You Know?
Rarefied was formed from the verb rarefy, which derives from a combination of the Latin rarus ("thin" or "rare") with facere ("to make") and has meant "to make thin" since the 14th century. In its original uses back in the 1500s, the adjective rarefied was on the lean side too; it meant "made less dense" (as in "the fog lifted and we could breathe more easily in the rarefied air"). By the 17th century, rarefy had gained the sense "to refine or purify," and over time rarefied followed suit.
RAREFIED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rarefied for English Language Learners
: understood by only a small group of people : only for people who know about a particular thing
of air : not having much oxygen because of being high up in the atmosphere
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