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rarefied (comparative more rarefied, superlative most rarefied)

  1. Distant from the lives and everyday concerns of ordinary people; esoteric, exclusive, select.
    Philosophical debates can be quite rarefied.
  2. Elevated in style or nature, sublime; of high intellectual or moral value.
  3. (of a gas etc.) Less dense than usual; thin.
    The air at high altitudes at the top of mountains is rarefied.


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  1. simple past tense and past participle of rarefy