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raw

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 not cooked
  • you should wash your hands after handling raw chicken

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2 being such as found in nature and not altered by processing or refining
  • raw sugar is honey-colored because the crystals retain cane juices, minerals, and other impurities that haven't been refined out

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3 lacking in adult experience or maturity
  • recruiters like to say the military turns raw youths into responsible men and women

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4 marked by wet and windy conditions
  • the day of the funeral turned out to be one of those bleak, blustery, raw winter days that was as gloomy as our spirits

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5 uncomfortably cool
  • evenings in those mountains, even during the summer, tend to be a little raw

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6 causing intense discomfort to one's skin
  • bundle up if you're going sailing, as there's a raw wind out there in the bay

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7 showing no signs of being under control
  • a frightening display of raw anger

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8 lacking or shed of clothing
  • a pristine stretch of sand where beachgoers commonly sunbathe raw

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raw

noun

Synonyms of raw (Entry 2 of 2)

the state of having no clothes on one's body
  • a secluded swimming hole where we could swim in the raw

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How does the adjective raw differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of raw are crude, rough, and rude. While all these words mean "lacking in social refinement," raw suggests being untested, inexperienced, or unfinished.

turning raw youths into polished performers

When might crude be a better fit than raw?

The words crude and raw can be used in similar contexts, but crude may apply to thought or behavior limited to the gross, the obvious, or the primitive.

a crude joke

When could rough be used to replace raw?

The meanings of rough and raw largely overlap; however, rough is likely to stress lack of polish and gentleness.

rough manners

When is rude a more appropriate choice than raw?

The words rude and raw are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, rude implies ignorance of or indifference to good form; it may suggest intentional discourtesy.

rude behavior

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The first known use of raw was before the 12th century

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“Raw.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/raw. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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