[ UK /ɹˈe‍əfa‍ɪd/ ]
[ US /ˈɹɛɹəfaɪd/ ]
  1. of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
    an exalted ideal
    argue in terms of high-flown ideals
    a grand purpose
    a noble and lofty concept
  2. having low density
    lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air
    rare gasses
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How To Use rarefied In A Sentence

  • Like all literary feuds it began in a suitably rarefied atmosphere. Times, Sunday Times
  • In these rarefied circles, being green brings cachet. Times, Sunday Times
  • The lad and devoted dad must overcome corruption and indifference as they strive to make it in the rarefied world of the concert musician without connections.
  • You breathe this rarefied air for a very short time. The Sun
  • She seemed to exist in a rarefied air of lonely but enigmatic beauty. Times, Sunday Times
  • She grew up in a rarefied world of private girls' schools and arranged marriages.
  • Half of those surveyed said that they were members of the middle class, a social status that was once considered far more rarefied. Times, Sunday Times
  • The key question has been how far the problems have spread beyond rarefied banking circles. Times, Sunday Times
  • An appropriately rarefied setting for the ethereal folkie. Times, Sunday Times
  • He was soaring in rarefied air - and then he looked down. Times, Sunday Times
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