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Rarified   Listen

Having low density.  Synonyms: rare, rarefied.  "Lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air"
Of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style.  Synonyms: elevated, exalted, grand, high-flown, high-minded, idealistic, lofty, noble-minded, rarefied, sublime.  "Argue in terms of high-flown ideals" , "A noble and lofty concept" , "A grand purpose"

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"Rarified" Quotes from Famous Books

... latter races ought to sit at Dante's feet, to learn the secret of the "Beatific Vision" that is as far beyond morality as it is outside science. There are, it is true, certain moments when the Italian poet leads us up into the cold rarified air of that "Intellectual Love of God" which leaves sex, as it leaves other human feelings, infinitely behind. But this Spinozistic mood is not the natural climate of his soul. He is always ready to revert, always anxious to "drag Beatrice in." ...
— Visions and Revisions - A Book of Literary Devotions • John Cowper Powys

Words linked to "Rarified" :   noble, thin

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