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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RARE

Yet he was a rare man, such as few meet with in the course of a lifetime.

Mary was standing rigid now, and the rare color flamed in her cheeks.

Kisses were rare in the staid little household to which she belonged.

In his fight with Cloten he is depicted as a rare swordsman of wonderful magnanimity.

Sidney was experiencing the rare treat of after-dinner coffee.

Demonstrations of affection were so rare with him that for a moment Dr. Ed was puzzled.

Rare, indeed, is it to find a deserving peasant without them in France!

The schoolboys marvelled and exclaimed; for such a snow-fall was rare in France.

The rare loveliness of the scene touched and lightened my heart.

The jury looked at each other with amazement; such scenes were rare in their experience.

WORD ORIGIN

"unusual," late 14c., "thin, airy, porous;" mid-15c., "few in number and widely separated, sparsely distributed, seldom found;" from Old French rere "sparse" (14c.), from Latin rarus "thinly sown, having a loose texture; not thick; having intervals between, full of empty spaces," from PIE *ra-ro-, from root *ere- "to separate; adjoin" (cf. Sanskrit rte "besides, except," viralah "distant, tight, rare;" Old Church Slavonic rediku "rare," Old Hittite arhaš "border," Lithuanian irti "to be dissolved"). "Few in number," hence, "unusual." Related: Rareness. In chemistry, rare earth is from 1818.

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