- Acting or done without careful consideration of the possible consequences; impetuous: it would be extremely rash to make such an assumption a rash decisionMore example sentences
reckless, impetuous, impulsive, hasty, overhasty, foolhardy, incautious, precipitate, precipitous, premature, careless, heedless, thoughtless, imprudent, foolish, headstrong, adventurous, over-adventurous, hot-headed, daredevil, devil-may-care, overbold, audacious, indiscreet; ill-considered, unconsidered, unthinking, ill-advised, injudicious, ill-judged, misguided, spur-of-the-moment, unthought-out, hare-brained, unwary, unguarded, wild, madcap• informal harum-scarum• rare temerarious
- Have we really thought through the consequences of rash action now?
- The reformist troops weren't rash or impetuous enough to do something so drastic without direct orders.
- So in reality her quick thinking and rash acting had caused Jeff to faint.
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- But one of my faults is that I can act hastily and rashly.
- He did not know why he rashly and impulsively went back to his old ways and took part in the burglary.
- ‘Don't jump into the river rashly if you can't swim - it's better to call for help,’ the letter said.
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- Barth had the foolishness and rashness of the child that he was, quick to anger, slow to forgive, filled to the brim with pointless pride.
- One opposite to courage is cowardice, but another is rashness, foolhardiness.
- Better to try and fail than not to try at all, was his response to those who accused him of rashness and irresponsibility.
late Middle English (also in Scots and northern English in the sense 'nimble, eager'): of Germanic origin; related to German rasch.
- 1An area of redness and spots on a person’s skin, appearing especially as a result of illness: a red itchy rash appeared on her legs next day he broke out in a rashMore example sentences
- In a few cases, major skin rashes appeared 12-24 hr following exposure.
- Certain inflammatory diseases can affect your skin, causing rashes and lesions.
- Prickly heat is a very itchy red skin rash, causing a prickling or burning feeling.
- 2A series of things of the same type, especially when unwelcome, happening within a short space of time: a rash of strikes by health-service workersMore example sentences
- The run-up to the 30th anniversary produced a rash of new revelations and bitter polemics.
- The rash of strikes on the railways and elsewhere should quickly disabuse them of that delusion.
- Just like they said when those very same refineries were shut down because of a rash of accidents, it was going to cost us.
early 18th century: probably related to Old French rasche 'eruptive sores, scurf'; compare with Italian raschia 'itch'.