Did you ever have an English teacher who told you 'Whenever you read something, and find an odd word you don't know, look it up in the dictionary and write it down'? Please note that I am not able to respond to all requests. A particular fruit or coin may be rare; scarce applies to demand and use, and almost always to concrete things; to speak of virtue, genius, or heroism as scarce would be somewhat ludicrous. I have compiled a list of 17,000 English words, ranging from merely uncommon words to the rarest of the rare words, nearly obsolete and just plain nutty! Devastating Calamitous Ruinous and disastrous may be slightly weaker than catastrophic and devastating. Lowell; a rare skill; an uncommon sense of humor; she was kind to an uncommon degree Similar words: Definition: beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable Usage: extraordinary authority; an extraordinary achievement; her extraordinary beauty; enjoyed extraordinary popularity; an extraordinary capacity for work; an extraordinary session of the legislature Synonyms: , , Definition: having low density Usage: rare gasses; lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air. Having said that, don't go out and discard your dictionary. My commissions from these sales help defray the cost of maintaining this site. Please consult a major dictionary before e-mailing your query.
While I have tried to be fairly comprehensive, this is not meant to be an unabridged dictionary or to include all rare words. While people have different tastes and needs when looking for a dictionary, I should mention those that have been of greatest use to me, many of which I have made available for sale through. All material on this page © 1996-2014 Stephen Chrisomalis. I hope you have found this site to be useful. Search rare and thousands of other words in English definition and synonym dictionary from Reverso. Extraordinary, signifying greatly beyond the ordinary, is a neutral word, capable of a high and good sense or of an invidious, opprobrious, or contemptuous signification; as, extraordinary genius; extraordinary wickedness; an extraordinary assumption of power; extraordinary antics; an extraordinary statement is incredible without overwhelming proof.
Catastrophic: While Enron's collapse was certainly bad, catastrophic might be a bit over-blown, depending on what point the writer is trying to make. Each word is listed along with a brief, one-line definition. Of course, once you have a few hundred cool words down on your list, you think to yourself if you are as obsessive as I am , 'Wouldn't it be a lot easier if I just read the whole dictionary, so that I could just do this word writing thing once and be done with it? Skeat If you notice any misspelled, poorly defined or missing words, or if you have any comments or questions, please. To learn more, see our. You can complete the list of synonyms of rare given by the English Thesaurus dictionary with other English dictionaries: Wikipedia, Lexilogos, Oxford, Cambridge, Chambers Harrap, Wordreference, Collins Lexibase dictionaries, Merriam Webster.
If you want help finding a word or have a similar word-related inquiry, check out prior to e-mailing, please. Well, I took that advice to heart. Rare has the added sense of precious, which is sometimes, but not necessarily, blended with that above given; as, a rare gem. Links to this page may be made without permission. To say of a thing that it is rare is simply to affirm that it is now seldom found, whether previously common or not; as, a rare old book; a rare word; to call a thing scarce implies that it was at some time more plenty, as when we say food or money is scarce. Similar words: Definition: not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind Usage: uncommon birds; frost and floods are uncommon during these months; doing an uncommon amount of business; an uncommon liking for money; he owed his greatest debt to his mother's uncommon character and ability Synonyms: Definition: of meat cooked a short time; still red inside Usage: rare roast beef Similar words: Definition: not frequent; not occurring regularly or at short intervals Usage: infrequent outbursts of temper Synonyms: , Definition: marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind Usage: what is so rare as a day in June-J.
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