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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RAWNESS

Stew these herbs in a little butter, to take off their rawness.

The night was bitter cold, but cold with that rawness which speaks of a coming thaw.

He remembered the vastness and the rawness of the uncontrolled atmosphere.

He was soaked to the skin, and the rawness of the air caused him to shiver.

The greyness and rawness of their environment are not touched upon.

A short boil is sufficient to take off all taste of rawness.

When I arrived from Liverpool I was very raw, but didn't know my rawness.

Crude′ness; Crud′ity, rawness: unripeness: that which is crude.

Except for some painful blisters and rawness, his condition was not serious.

The apple-tree takes the rawness and wildness off any scene.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hreaw "uncooked, raw," from Proto-Germanic *khrawaz (cf. Old Norse hrar, Danish raa, Old Saxon hra, Middle Dutch rau, Dutch rauw, Old High German hrawer, German roh), from PIE root *kreue- (1) "raw flesh" (cf. Sanskrit kravih "raw flesh," krura- "bloody, raw, hard;" Greek kreas "flesh;" Latin crudus "not cooked," cruor "thick blood;" Old Irish cru, Lithuanian kraujas, Old Church Slavonic kruvi "blood;" Old English hrot "thick fluid, serum").

Meaning "tender, sore" is from late 14c.; of persons, "inexperienced" from 1560s; of weather, "damp and chilly" first recorded 1540s. Related: Rawly; rawness. Raw material is from 1796, with sense of "in a rudimental condition, unfinished." Phrase in the raw "naked" (1921) is from the raw "exposed flesh," attested from 1823. Raw deal "harsh treatment" attested by 1893.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR RAWNESS

chill

nouncold conditions
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.