[ UK /ɹˈɑːɹɪfˌa‍ɪd/ ]
  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 rarified In A Sentence

  • (They're not exactly in rarified company, since PJPII has cranked out saints during his papacy at an indecent pace.) 1. 10/04/2004
  • Newspaper articles, instead of decaying to pulp or dust, were instead memorialized if they caught the attention of the reader, valued over the more rarified knowledge contained in expensive books.
  • It will fall on deaf ears as that kind of expression is rare in rarified D.C., a place that pays $700 billion on long odds, without any strings attached, a simple insider job with the cops turning their heads (all done in a few days without any public hearings) and then refuses to consider saving our last big manufacturing industry with or without strings. Stevens Bows Out in Alaska Senate Race - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com
  • In order to maintain value or currency, beauty/art must be exclusionary, standardized and rarified.
  • Interstellar space could, in general, be defined as a rarified nothingness, a more perfect vacuum than anything achievable in a laboratory. Trek to Madworld
  • Their deep, infinite childhood oneness with mother, tragically lost and unmourned, is suddenly back, rarified and purified. Think Progress » Murtha on Haditha: ‘I Know There Was a Cover-up … The Chain of Command Tried to Stifle the Story’
  • Thus began Cooper's serendipitous ascent into the more rarified air of the arts and crafts.
  • Spurred by the urge for excellence, Indian women are foraying into the rarified entrepreneurial space.
  • 'sublimate' our emotions, when life denies them an outlet on the level of our desire, by raising them to a higher and more rarified range of feeling and action. The Legacy of Greece Essays By: Gilbert Murray, W. R. Inge, J. Burnet, Sir T. L. Heath, D'arcy W. Thompson, Charles Singer, R. W. Livingston, A. Toynbee, A. E. Zimmern, Percy Gardner, Sir Reginald Blomfield
  • Well, it sounds like it, or at least the particularly rarified form of it practiced by the kind of names mentioned above.
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