- Not dense; thin: the rarefied air of the high peaks.
- Belonging to or reserved for a small select group; exclusive: accepted in the most rarefied social circles.
- Refined or esoteric: rarefied academic theorizing; a man of rarefied appetites.
(comparative more rarefied, superlative most rarefied)
- Simple past tense and past participle of rarefy.
Variant of rarefy
intransitive verbrarefied, rarefying
- to make or become thin, or less dense: the rarefied mountain air
- to make or become more refined, subtle, or lofty: a rarefied sense of humor
Origin of rarefyMiddle English rarefien ; from Middle French rarefier ; from Classical Latin rarefacere ; from rarus, rare + facere, to make, do