rawness

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raw +‎ -ness

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rawness (countable and uncountable, plural rawnesses)

  1. The property of being raw.
    • 1915, W[illiam] Somerset Maugham, chapter I, in Of Human Bondage, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, OCLC 890513588, page 1:
      The day broke gray and dull. The clouds hung heavily, and there was a rawness in the air that suggested snow.
    • 1939, Forum (volume 102, page 226)
      Now, in spite of all sorts of defects, all sorts of woollinesses and rawnesses, the American novel is superior to either the English or the French; it is indeed superior, I think, to any European novel []

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