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Unusual vs. Rare

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Unusualadjective

Not usual, out of the ordinary

‘Every once in a while, though, Idol comes across an unusual talent who just blows everyone away.’; ‘It’s definitely not unusual for a couple to meet through friends or be set up on a date.’; ‘His behavior was unusual in that it was considered childish for a man of his age.’; ‘I’ve had no problem with female docs. I’ve had some – how should I say it – unusual experiences with a couple of male ones. And I have heard from girlfriends about their unusual experiences as well.’;

Rareadjective

Very uncommon; scarce.

‘Black pearls are very rare and therefore very valuable.’;

Unusualnoun

Something that is unusual; an anomaly.

Rareadjective

(of a gas) Thin; of low density.

Unusualadjective

Not usual; uncommon; rare; as, an unusual season; a person of unusual grace or erudition.

Rareadjective

Cooked very lightly, so the meat is still red (in the case of steak or beef in the general sense).

‘well done’;

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Unusualadjective

not usual or common or ordinary;

‘a scene of unusual beauty’; ‘a man of unusual ability’; ‘cruel and unusual punishment’; ‘an unusual meteorite’;

Rareadjective

(obsolete) early

Unusualadjective

being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird;

‘a strange exaltation that was indefinable’; ‘a strange fantastical mind’; ‘what a strange sense of humor she has’;

Rareverb

To rear, rise up, start backwards.

Unusualadjective

not commonly encountered;

‘two-career families are no longer unusual’;

Rareverb

To rear, bring up, raise.

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Unusualadjective

not habitually or commonly occurring or done

‘it was unusual for Dennis to be late’; ‘the government has taken the unusual step of calling home its ambassador’;

Rareadjective

Early.

‘Rude mechanicals that rare and lateWork in the market place.’;

Unusualadjective

remarkable or interesting because different from or better than others

‘a man of unusual talent’;

Rareadjective

Nearly raw; partially cooked; not thoroughly cooked; underdone; as, rare beef or mutton.

‘New-laid eggs, which Baucis' busy careTurned by a gentle fire, and roasted rare.’;

Rareadjective

Not frequent; seldom met with or occurring; unusual; as, a rare event.

Rareadjective

Of an uncommon nature; unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found.

‘Rare work, all filled with terror and delight.’; ‘Above the rest I judge one beauty rare.’;

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Rareadjective

Thinly scattered; dispersed.

‘Those rare and solitary, these in flocks.’;

Rareadjective

Characterized by wide separation of parts; of loose texture; not thick or dense; thin; as, a rare atmosphere at high elevations.

‘Water is nineteen times lighter, and by consequence nineteen times rarer, than gold.’; ‘A perfect union of wit and judgment is one of the rarest things in the world.’; ‘When any particular piece of money grew very scarce, it was often recoined by a succeeding emperor.’;

Rareadjective

not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness;

‘a rare word’; ‘rare books’;

Rareadjective

recurring only at long intervals;

‘a rare appearance’; ‘total eclipses are rare events’;

Rareadjective

not widely distributed;

‘rare herbs’; ‘rare patches of gree in the desert’;

Rareadjective

marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind;

‘what is so rare as a day in June’; ‘a rare skill’; ‘an uncommon sense of humor’; ‘she was kind to an uncommon degree’;

Rareadjective

having low density;

‘rare gasses’; ‘lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air’;

Rareadjective

(of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside;

‘rare roast beef’;

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