Rare

Rare

, a. [Compar. Rarer (rr"r); superl. Rarest.] [F., fr. L. rarus thin, rare.] 1. Not frequent; seldom met with or occurring; unusual; as, a rare event.
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2. Of an uncommon nature; unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found.
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Rare work, all filled with terror and delight.
Cowley.
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Above the rest I judge one beauty rare.
Dryden.
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3. Thinly scattered; dispersed.
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Those rare and solitary, these in flocks.
Milton.
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4. Characterized by wide separation of parts; of loose texture; not thick or dense; thin; as, a rare atmosphere at high elevations.
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Water is nineteen times lighter, and by consequence nineteen times rarer, than gold.
Sir I. Newton.
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Syn. -- Scarce; infrequent; unusual; uncommon; singular; extraordinary; incomparable. -- Rare, Scarce. We call a thing rare when but few examples, specimens, or instances of it are ever to be met with; as, a rare plant. We speak of a thing as scarce, which, though usually abundant, is for the time being to be had only in diminished quantities; as, a bad harvest makes corn scarce.
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A perfect union of wit and judgment is one of the rarest things in the world.
Burke.
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When any particular piece of money grew very scarce, it was often recoined by a succeeding emperor.
Addison.
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