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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
Despite the market boom, cryptocurrencies have remained rarefied, abstract things.
In Dauphin’s rarefied world, fashion and film, art and architecture converge.
For him and his rarefied peers, that is most certainly true.
Bowen stood center stage then in the unusually rarefied world of big-time college basketball.
Before the war, Turing had disrupted the rarefied world of mathematical logic with his vision of a universal computing machine.
In the Smithsonian’s museum of Asian arts, conservation is a rarefied world of badger-hair brushes and irradiated silks, poultices and pastes, scalpels and solvents.
Where do these people go after leaving the rarefied atmosphere of the gilded corporate flagships?
Turning sturgeon caviar into a rarefied gastronomic prize is what got the fish into trouble to begin with; to ensure the survival of the species, locals seem to take the opposite approach.
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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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