Definition of rarefied in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrerəˌfīd/
(also rarified)


1(Of air, especially that at high altitudes) of lower pressure than usual; thin.
Example sentences
  • Denver's rarefied air adds about 10 percent to the length of fly balls, making extra base hits too easy.
  • At almost 5,000 ft, it is surrounded by rarefied air, seductive silence and dreamy peaks.
  • At 4900m Konzke La is the highest point of this trail; all but the fittest puff and pant in such rarefied air.
2Distant from the lives and concerns of ordinary people: debates about the nature of knowledge can seem very rarefied
More example sentences
  • But unlike the tradition of poetry as a rarefied pursuit, the Liverpool poets took their writing to the stage and rapidly developed a huge following.
  • At the beginning of the 1960s a scholarship boy attends a rarefied private school obsessed with literature.
  • She grew up in a rarefied world of private girls' schools and arranged marriages.
esoteric, exclusive, select;
elevated, lofty

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Syllabification: rar·e·fied

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