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rash1

[rash] /ræʃ/
adjective, rasher, rashest.
1.
acting or tending to act too hastily or without due consideration.
2.
characterized by or showing too great haste or lack of consideration:
rash promises.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; cognate with Dutch, German rasch quick, brisk, Old Norse rǫskr brave
Related forms
rashly, adverb
rashness, noun
Synonyms
1. hasty, impetuous, reckless, venturous, incautious, precipitate, indiscreet, foolhardy.
Antonyms
1. cautious.

rash2

[rash] /ræʃ/
noun
1.
an eruption or efflorescence on the skin.
2.
a multitude of instances of something occurring more or less during the same period of time:
a rash of robberies last month.
Origin
1700-10; < French rache (obsolete), Old French rasche skin eruption, derivative of raschier to scratch, ultimately < Latin rādere to scratch
Related forms
rashlike, adjective
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Examples from the web for rash
  • Dermatomyositis is a muscle disease characterized by inflammation and a skin rash.
  • Although it might seem easy to clear formatting with a click, a copy editor would be rash to do that.
  • Measles causes symptoms including an extremely itchy rash, high fever, runny nose and red eyes.
  • After a brutal onset involving excruciating headache and blistering fever, a rash would arise.
  • Over the next couple of days they spread to my thighs and arms and turned into a red rash.
  • The decision is the latest in a rash of court cases in which public concern for marine mammals has stopped acoustic research.
  • Corticosteroid creams or ointments or other soothing skin medications may relieve discomfort from itching and rash.
  • The rash slowly becomes ring-shaped, with a red-colored, raised border and a clearer center.
  • The early rash is a light rose color and fades when you press on it.
  • Later, the rash becomes dull and red and does not fade.
British Dictionary definitions for rash

rash1

/ræʃ/
adjective
1.
acting without due consideration or thought; impetuous
2.
characterized by or resulting from excessive haste or impetuosity: a rash word
Derived Forms
rashly, adverb
rashness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old High German rasc hurried, clever; related to Old Norse roskr brave

rash2

/ræʃ/
noun
1.
(pathol) any skin eruption
2.
a series of unpleasant and unexpected occurrences: a rash of forest fires
Derived Forms
rashlike, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Old French rasche, from raschier to scratch, from Latin rādere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for rash
adj.

late 14c., "nimble, quick, vigorous" (early 14c. as a surname), a Scottish and northern word, perhaps from Old English -ræsc (cf. ligræsc "flash of lightning") or one of its Germanic cognates, from Proto-Germanic *raskuz (cf. Middle Low German rasch, Middle Dutch rasc "quick, swift," German rasch "quick, fast"). Related to Old English horsc "quick-witted." Sense of "reckless, impetuous, heedless of consequences" is attested from c.1500. Related: Rashly; rashness.

n.

"eruption of small red spots on skin," 1709, perhaps from French rache "a sore" (Old French rasche "rash, scurf"), from Vulgar Latin *rasicare "to scrape" (also source of Old Provençal rascar, Spanish rascar "to scrape, scratch," Italian raschina "itch"), from Latin rasus "scraped," past participle of radere "to scrape" (see raze). The connecting notion would be of itching. Figurative sense of "any sudden outbreak or proliferation" first recorded 1820.

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rash in Medicine

rash (rāsh)
n.
A skin eruption.

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