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rarefied

[rair-uh-fahyd] /ˈrɛər əˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
extremely high or elevated; lofty; exalted:
the rarefied atmosphere of a scholarly symposium.
2.
of, belonging to, or appealing to an exclusive group; select; esoteric:
rarefied tastes.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; rarefy + -ed2
Related forms
ultrararefied, adjective
unrarefied, adjective
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rarefied

/ˈrɛərɪˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
exalted in nature or character; lofty: a rarefied spiritual existence
2.
current within only a small group; esoteric or exclusive
3.
(of a gas, esp the atmosphere at high altitudes) having a low density; thin
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