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Meaning of rarefied

rar•e•fied

Pronunciation: (râr'u-fīd"), [key]
— adj.
  1. extremely high or elevated; lofty; exalted: the rarefied atmosphere of a scholarly symposium.
  2. of, belonging to, or appealing to an exclusive group; select; esoteric: rarefied tastes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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