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rash1

[rash] /ræʃ/
adjective, rasher, rashest.
1.
acting or tending to act too hastily or without due consideration.
2.
characterized by or showing too great haste or lack of consideration:
rash promises.
Origin of rash1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; cognate with Dutch, German rasch quick, brisk, Old Norse rǫskr brave
Related forms
rashly, adverb
rashness, noun
Synonyms
1. hasty, impetuous, reckless, venturous, incautious, precipitate, indiscreet, foolhardy.
Antonyms
1. cautious.
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Examples from the Web for rashness
Historical Examples
  • The rashness of such a requirement and statement can escape no one.

  • Let not the penance for a rashness, to which fate urges me on, attach to my country, but to me.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • You shall not threaten me into a rashness that my heart condemns!

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The good spirit of our life has no heaven which is the price of rashness.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • When you have achieved their comfort, you are at liberty to plunge into any rashness you choose.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Exasperated by these circumstances, Sir Robert was betrayed into an act of rashness.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • And yet there was a moment when jealousy urged me almost headlong to that rashness.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • "With a rashness that was eminently justifiable," I interrupted her.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • I had it in my mind to blame you once for your rashness in returning alone.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • They disapproved of the rashness of the new recruit to their body.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for rashness

rash1

/ræʃ/
adjective
1.
acting without due consideration or thought; impetuous
2.
characterized by or resulting from excessive haste or impetuosity: a rash word
Derived Forms
rashly, adverb
rashness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old High German rasc hurried, clever; related to Old Norse roskr brave

rash2

/ræʃ/
noun
1.
(pathol) any skin eruption
2.
a series of unpleasant and unexpected occurrences: a rash of forest fires
Derived Forms
rashlike, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Old French rasche, from raschier to scratch, from Latin rādere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for rashness

rash

adj.

late 14c., "nimble, quick, vigorous" (early 14c. as a surname), a Scottish and northern word, perhaps from Old English -ræsc (cf. ligræsc "flash of lightning") or one of its Germanic cognates, from Proto-Germanic *raskuz (cf. Middle Low German rasch, Middle Dutch rasc "quick, swift," German rasch "quick, fast"). Related to Old English horsc "quick-witted." Sense of "reckless, impetuous, heedless of consequences" is attested from c.1500. Related: Rashly; rashness.

rash

n.

"eruption of small red spots on skin," 1709, perhaps from French rache "a sore" (Old French rasche "rash, scurf"), from Vulgar Latin *rasicare "to scrape" (also source of Old Provençal rascar, Spanish rascar "to scrape, scratch," Italian raschina "itch"), from Latin rasus "scraped," past participle of radere "to scrape" (see raze). The connecting notion would be of itching. Figurative sense of "any sudden outbreak or proliferation" first recorded 1820.

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rashness in Medicine

rash (rāsh)
n.
A skin eruption.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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