It is that rarest of good reads, a biography about a famous person with a surprise on every page.
In my book it certainly qualifies as a “rarest of the rare” kind of crime.
But it is the rarest of occasions when legislators or journalists bear down on the experts.
This one features no red carpet, no paparazzi and, only in the rarest of circumstances, a celebrity.
Sanford has been granted the rarest thing in political life—a second chance.
The cold type and the insentiate page constitute at best only the record of nature's rarest gift.
His experiences were most interesting in obtaining some of the rarest specimens.
Certainly that glorious vitality of hope is one of the rarest as it is one of the grandest of human attributes.
The vision of my dreams was there, radiant in rarest beauty.
Jkai was an arch-romantic, with a perfervid Oriental imagination, and humour of the purest, rarest description.
"unusual," late 14c., "thin, airy, porous;" mid-15c., "few in number and widely separated, sparsely distributed, seldom found;" from Old French rere "sparse" (14c.), from Latin rarus "thinly sown, having a loose texture; not thick; having intervals between, full of empty spaces," from PIE *ra-ro-, from root *ere- "to separate; adjoin" (cf. Sanskrit rte "besides, except," viralah "distant, tight, rare;" Old Church Slavonic rediku "rare," Old Hittite arhaš "border," Lithuanian irti "to be dissolved"). "Few in number," hence, "unusual." Related: Rareness. In chemistry, rare earth is from 1818.
"undercooked," 1650s, variant of Middle English rere, from Old English hrere "lightly cooked," probably related to hreran "to stir, move, shake, agitate," from Proto-Germanic *hror- (cf. Old Frisian hrera "to stir, move," Old Saxon hrorian, Dutch roeren, German rühren, Old Norse hroera), from PIE base *kere- "to mix, confuse; cook" (cf. Greek kera- "to mix," krasis "mixture"). Originally of eggs, not recorded in reference to meat until 1784, and according to OED, in this sense "formerly often regarded as an Americanism, although it was current in many English dialects ...."
"rise up," 1833, dialectal variant of rear (v.). Sense of "eager" (in raring to go) first recorded 1909. Related: Rared; raring.