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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. rare

    Unique is alone of its kind; rare is infrequent of its kind; great poems are rare; "Paradise Lost" is unique. To say of a thing that it is rare is simply to affirm that it is now seldom found, whether previously common or not; as, a rare old book; a rare word; to call a thing scarce implies that it was at some time more plenty, as when we say food or money is scarce. A particular fruit or coin may be rare; scarce applies to demand and use, and almost always to concrete things; to speak of virtue, genius, or heroism as scarce would be somewhat ludicrous. Rare has the added sense of precious, which is sometimes, but not necessarily, blended with that above given; as, a rare gem. Extraordinary, signifying greatly beyond the ordinary, is a neutral word, capable of a high and good sense or of an invidious, opprobrious, or contemptuous signification; as, extraordinary genius; extraordinary wickedness; an extraordinary assumption of power; extraordinary antics; an extraordinary statement is incredible without overwhelming proof.

    See synonyms for GENERAL; NORMAL; USUAL.

    curious, extraordinary, incomparable, infrequent, odd, peculiar, precious, remarkable, scarce, singular, strange, uncommon, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, unusual

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rareadjective

    not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness

    "a rare word"; "rare books"

    rarefied, rarified, uncommon

    cooked, thick, ordinary, frequent, common, abundant

  2. rareadjective

    recurring only at long intervals

    "a rare appearance"; "total eclipses are rare events"

    rarefied, rarified, uncommon

    cooked, common, ordinary, frequent, abundant, thick

  3. rareadjective

    not widely distributed

    "rare herbs"; "rare patches of green in the desert"

    rarefied, rarified, uncommon

    abundant, frequent, common, thick, ordinary, cooked

  4. rare, rarefied, rarifiedadjective

    having low density

    "rare gasses"; "lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air"

    uncommon, rarified, noble-minded, elevated, lofty, idealistic, exalted, sublime, high-minded, high-flown, grand, rarefied

    abundant, ordinary, thick, cooked, frequent, common

  5. rare, uncommonadjective

    marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind

    "what is so rare as a day in June"-J.R.Lowell; "a rare skill"; "an uncommon sense of humor"; "she was kind to an uncommon degree"

    rarefied, rarified, uncommon

    ordinary, thick, abundant, cooked, frequent, common

  6. rareadjective

    (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside

    "rare roast beef"

    rarefied, rarified, uncommon

    abundant, common, ordinary, frequent, thick, cooked

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. rareadjective

    thin, subtile, not dense

  2. rareadjective

    SCARCE, uncommon, infrequent, unfrequent, singular, extraordinary, strange, out of the way, not common

  3. rareadjective

    choice, fine, excellent, exquisite, incomparable, inimitable

  4. rareadjective

    underdone, nearly raw, not well done or well cooked

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. rareadjective

    uncommon, unusual, strange, infrequent, singular, curious, exquisite, fine, incomparable, recherché, sparse, dispersed, subtile, fine, thin, rarefied, tenuous, underdone

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  1. Ashita Gupta:

    Worldwide, iodine deficiency is one of the causes ofan enlarged thyroid glandand hypothyroidism, however, iodine deficiency is rare in developed countries due to supplementation in table salt and certain foods such as dairy and bread.

  2. Gerard Fehrenbach:

    A public argument between the SFC and the HKEx over a regulatory issue is a very rare occurrence and from a political perspective it may not be ideal.

  3. Orrin Hatch:

    Despite the success of the Orphan Drug Act, 95 percent of rare diseases still have no treatment options, i hope that my colleagues will utilize this [ GAO ] report as they work to strengthen the accomplishments of the Orphan Drug Act and encourage developers to continue their investment in this patient population.

  4. Marguerite Duras:

    When a woman drinks it's as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. It's a slur on the divine in our nature.

  5. Gregory Warden:

    We hope to make inroads into the Etruscan language, long inscriptions are rare, especially one this long, so there will be new words that we have never seen before, since it is not a funerary text.

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