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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
In the rarefied world of industrialists, few left a mark like J. Paul Getty, the reclusive billionaire who built an empire on oil.
The market is admittedly rarefied—customers need at least a couple million to spend and the perseverance to train for a specialized but attainable pilot’s license.
That’s a tricky line to toe when also offering a rarefied experience.
The rare book market is just what its name suggests: rarefied, small, intimate, gossipy.
For rarefied collections, vintage Patek Philippe and Rolex are the biggest trophies.
But one sneaker sitting among their rarefied air caught my eye: the Nike Air Huarache.
Over the course of its mission Cassini has revealed oceans on two moons, observed seasonal changes on Saturn, picked up on hydrothermal vents beneath moon Enceladus and returned thousands of stunning images from its rarefied orbit.
If this merry-go-round seems rarefied, the neighborhood strives for the same tone.
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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.
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