Definition for rarefied (2 of 2)
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
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|John Avlon|April 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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’|Bee Wilson|October 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She is not some rarefied doyenne whose choices carry moral clout.
With that single gesture, he put a human face on this rarefied brand, one that last year boasted €826 million in revenue.
Birmingham, after all, seems an unlikely breeding ground for so rarefied a creature as the author of In Patagonia.
The brilliant sun of the tropics, burning mercilessly through the rarefied air, causes the scant vegetation to wither.Inca Land|Hiram Bingham
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|Sax Rohmer
The impregnation may also be effected in rarefied air under a bell glass (p. 68).The Preservation of Antiquities|Friedrich Rathgen
The air from the mouth of a singer is alternately condensed and rarefied just as you see here.
British Dictionary definitions for rarefied (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for rarefied (2 of 2)
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin for rarefy
Word Origin and History for rarefied
late 14c., from Old French rarefier (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin rarificare, from Latin rarefacere "make rare," from rarus "rare, thin" (see rare (adj.1)) + facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Rarefied.