Origin of rarefied
verb (used with object), rar·e·fied, rar·e·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), rar·e·fied, rar·e·fy·ing.
Origin of rarefy
Examples from the Web for rarefied
Contemporary Examples of rarefied
These subtleties are easily missed from the national perspective and, apparently, inside the rarefied air of the NRCC.Mark Sanford Ditched by NRCC, but Counting Him Out Would Be Unwise
April 18, 2013
St. Peter Damian damned her for “excessive delicacy” in preferring such a rarefied implement to her God-given hands.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’
October 13, 2012
She is not some rarefied doyenne whose choices carry moral clout.Kate's Controversial Gown
July 2, 2011
With that single gesture, he put a human face on this rarefied brand, one that last year boasted €826 million in revenue.Galliano Erased at Christian Dior
March 7, 2011
Birmingham, after all, seems an unlikely breeding ground for so rarefied a creature as the author of In Patagonia.The Enigmatic Nomad
Kirk Davis Swinehart
February 26, 2011
Historical Examples of rarefied
The brilliant sun of the tropics, burning mercilessly through the rarefied air, causes the scant vegetation to wither.Inca Land
I confess I could not possibly live in the rarefied atmosphere of a final solution.The Friendly Road
(AKA David Grayson) Ray Stannard Baker
Here he seemed to be rid of the aura of the dining-room portrait and in a rarefied atmosphere of Tudor turbulence.The Orchard of Tears
The impregnation may also be effected in rarefied air under a bell glass (p. 68).The Preservation of Antiquities
The air from the mouth of a singer is alternately condensed and rarefied just as you see here.