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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rarified mean? 

RARIFIED (adjective)
  The adjective RARIFIED has 3 senses:

1. having low density
2. reserved for an elite group
3. of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style

  Familiarity information: RARIFIED used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

RARIFIED (adjective)

Sense 1rarified [BACK TO TOP]


Having low density


rarefied; rarified; rare

Context examples:

rare gasses / lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air


thin (relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not viscous)

Sense 2rarified [BACK TO TOP]


Reserved for an elite group


rarefied; rarified


reserved (set aside for the use of a particular person or party)

Sense 3rarified [BACK TO TOP]


Of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style


exalted; high-minded; lofty; noble-minded; high-flown; idealistic; rarified; rarefied; sublime; grand

Context examples:

an exalted ideal / argue in terms of high-flown ideals / a noble and lofty concept / a grand purpose


noble (having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character)

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