- acting or tending to act too hastily or without due consideration.
- characterized by or showing too great haste or lack of consideration: rash promises.
Origin of rash1
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Examples from the Web for rashness
The rashness of such a requirement and statement can escape no one.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part III]
Benedict of Spinoza
Let not the penance for a rashness, to which fate urges me on, attach to my country, but to me.Leila, Complete
You shall not threaten me into a rashness that my heart condemns!Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
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
- acting without due consideration or thought; impetuous
- characterized by or resulting from excessive haste or impetuositya rash word
- pathol any skin eruption
- a series of unpleasant and unexpected occurrencesa rash of forest fires
Word Origin and History for rashness
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.
"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.
- A skin eruption.