thin or thick

rarefied
(adj)
RAIR-i-fide
Meaning

1. (of a substance) made less dense; made thin

1st Sample Sentence

1. Because humans cannot breathe the extremely rarefied atmosphere at such a high altitude, airliners must have pressurized cabins.

2nd Meaning

2. (figuratively) extremely intellectually refined and lofty; characterized by very highly refined thought

2nd Sample Sentence

2. Remember those rarefied late night discussions we used to have when we were studying philosophy at university?

3rd Meaning

3. (of society or company) exclusive; elite

3rd Sample Sentence

3. Since becoming a famous rock star she has been moving in only the most rarefied social circles.

Root

rarus (rare, thin)#facere (to make) (Latin)

Synonyms

lofty, rarefied, sublime

Antonyms

mundane, quotidian

Mnemonics

rare (, very less)+fied (. like field which means environment), hence environment where GAS is VERY LESS DENSE.

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