rather than stoke their escalating hostility, the U.S. should work to reduce tensions between them.
The result will force Romney to settle for a crushing win on his native turf, rather than a clean sweep.
rather than getting directly involved in the conflict, the United States has concentrated on the day after Assad falls.
The Daily Beast: There were several episodes this season set entirely in the present, rather than in multiple timeframes.
To honor the occasion, DVF presented a collection—or rather, a party—that was dubbed “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
And there was the rather astonishing bit of news he had just given her.
"rather a summery outfit," thought Clif as he took it in with a glance.
Von Horn looked at him, a tinge of compassion in his rather hard face.
It was rather an unusual thing for them to be in the drawing-room.
rather than relinquish her, however, he would have set Rome on fire.
Old English hraþor "more quickly, earlier, sooner," also "more readily," comparative of hraþe, hræþe "quickly, hastily, promptly, readily, immediately," which is related to hræð "quick, nimble, prompt, ready," from Proto-Germanic *khratha- (cf. Old Norse hraðr, Old High German hrad), from PIE *kret- "to shake." The base form rathe was obsolete by 18c. except in poetry (Tennyson); superlative rathest fell from use by 17c. Meaning "more willingly" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "more truly" is attested from late 14c.
The rather lambes bene starved with cold
[Spenser, "The Shepheardes Calender" (Februarie), 1579]