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rarefied

[ rair-uh-fahyd ]
/ ˈrɛər əˌfaɪd /
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adjective

extremely high or elevated; lofty; exalted: the rarefied atmosphere of a scholarly symposium.
of, belonging to, or appealing to an exclusive group; select; esoteric: rarefied tastes.

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Origin of rarefied

First recorded in 1625–35; rarefy + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM rarefied

ul·tra·rar·e·fied, adjectiveun·rar·e·fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rarefied

rarefied
/ (ˈrɛərɪˌfaɪd) /

adjective

exalted in nature or character; loftya rarefied spiritual existence
current within only a small group; esoteric or exclusive
(of a gas, esp the atmosphere at high altitudes) having a low density; thin
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