The result will force Romney to settle for a crushing win on his native turf, rather than a clean sweep.
The Daily Beast: There were several episodes this season set entirely in the present, rather than in multiple timeframes.
rather than using the implications of the accident to advance his own brand of Christianity, he offered comfort.
People who are focused on what can be built, rather than what can be destroyed.
The hotels sound upscale-boutique, rather than mega-glam behemoths.
And there was the rather astonishing bit of news he had just given her.
"I'll attend to these things, ma," said Percival, rather suddenly.
Von Horn looked at him, a tinge of compassion in his rather hard face.
I'd rather trust your judgment now than lots of older men down there.
rather than relinquish her, however, he would have set Rome on fire.
Old English hraþor "more quickly, earlier, sooner," also "more readily," comparative of hraþe, hræþe "quickly, hastily, promptly, readily, immediately," which is related to hræð "quick, nimble, prompt, ready," from Proto-Germanic *khratha- (cf. Old Norse hraðr, Old High German hrad), from PIE *kret- "to shake." The base form rathe was obsolete by 18c. except in poetry (Tennyson); superlative rathest fell from use by 17c. Meaning "more willingly" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "more truly" is attested from late 14c.
The rather lambes bene starved with cold
[Spenser, "The Shepheardes Calender" (Februarie), 1579]