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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.
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Examples from the web for rashness
  • The good spirit of our life has no heaven which is the price of rashness.
  • He has spent his time in jail bewailing his rashness in committing the deed and weeping constantly.
  • Ken admired the narrator's determination and rashness.
  • They are brave to rashness, and will endure with patience any amount of exposure and suffering to accomplish their end.
  • And yet aggressive measures in the present condition of the squadron seemed to border on rashness.
British Dictionary definitions for rashness

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 rashness

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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rashness in Medicine

rash (rāsh)
n.
A skin eruption.

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