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rather

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Noun, Adverb
 : 
rath=er
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56 in 54 verses (in OT : 23 in 22 verses) (in NT : 33 in 32 verses)

CIDE DICTIONARY

rathera. [Compar. of Rath, a.].
     Prior; earlier; former.  [1913 Webster]
    "Now no man dwelleth at the rather town."  [1913 Webster]
ratheradv. [AS. hra&edh;or, compar. of hra&edh;e, hræ&edh;e, quickly, immediately. See Rath, a.].
  •  Earlier; sooner; before.  [1913 Webster]
    "Thou shalt, quod he, be rather false than I."  [1913 Webster]
    "A good mean to come the rather to grace."  [1913 Webster]
  •  More readily or willingly; preferably.  [1913 Webster]
    "My soul chooseth . . . death rather than my life."  [1913 Webster]
  •  On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead.  [1913 Webster]
    "Was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to, or as more likely than, the other; somewhat.  [1913 Webster]
    "He sought throughout the world, but sought in vain,
    And nowhere finding, rather feared her slain.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  More properly; more correctly speaking.  [1913 Webster]
    "This is an art
    Which does mend nature, change it rather, but
    The art itself is nature.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the house is rather damp.  [1913 Webster]
    "You are come to me in happy time,
    The rather for I have some sport in hand.
    "  [1913 Webster]

OXFORD DICTIONARY

rather, adv.
1 (often foll. by than) by preference; for choice (would rather not go; would rather stay than go).
2 (usu. foll. by than) more truly; as a more likely alternative (is stupid rather than honest).
3 more precisely (a book, or rather, a pamphlet).
4 slightly; to some extent; somewhat (became rather drunk; I rather think you know him).
5 Brit. (as an emphatic response) indeed, assuredly (Did you like it? - Rather!).

Idiom
had rather would rather.
Etymology
ME f. OE hrathor, compar. of hr{aelig}the (adv.) f. hr{aelig}th (adj.): see RATHE

THESAURUS

rather

OK, Roger, a bit, a little, a rebours, absolutely, acceptably, adequately, after all, again, against the grain, albeit, all right, all the same, alright, alrighty, alternately, alternatively, although, amen, arsy-varsy, as an alternative, as you say, assuredly, at all events, at any rate, aye, before, but, by all means, by choice, by contraries, by election, by proxy, by vote, certainly, choose, choose rather, contra, contrarily, contrariously, contrariwise, conversely, da, decently, even, even so, exactly, extremely, fairishly, fairly, fairly well, faute de mieux, favor, fine, first, for all that, good, good enough, have a bias, have preference, have rather, hear, honor before, howbeit, however, in a measure, in a way, in any case, in any event, in flat opposition, in its place, in its stead, in loco parentis, in preference, in some measure, indeed, indeedy, instead, inversely, it is that, ja, just so, just the opposite, just the same, kind of, lean towards, like better, mais oui, moderately, more, more or less, most assuredly, naturally, naturellement, nay rather, nevertheless, nonetheless, notwithstanding, of course, okay, on the contrary, oppositely, otherwise, oui, passably, per contra, please, positively, precisely, prefer, prefer to, preferably, presentably, pretty, pretty well, quite, quite the contrary, rather than, really, respectably, right, right as rain, right you are, righto, satisfactorily, scarcely, see fit, set before, slightly, so-so, somewhat, sooner, sooner than, sort of, still, sure, sure thing, surely, that is so, think best, think fit, think proper, though, to a degree, to be sure, to some extent, to the contrary, tolerably, topsy-turvy, tout au contraire, truly, unexceptionably, upside down, very, very well, vice versa, well and good, well enough, when, why yes, yea, yeah, yep, yes, yes indeed, yes indeedy, yes sir, yes sirree, yet, you are right, you said it, you speak truly

ROGET THESAURUS

rather

Choice

N choice, option, discretion, preoption, alternative, dilemma, embarras de choix, adoption, cooptation, novation, decision, election, political election (politics), selection, excerption, gleaning, eclecticism, excerpta, gleanings, cuttings, scissors and paste, pick, preference, prelation, opinion poll, survey, predilection, optional, discretional, eclectic, choosing, preferential, chosen, choice, optionally, at pleasure, either the one or the other, or at the option of, whether or not, once and for all, for one's money, by choice, by preference, in preference, rather, before.

Unimportance

N unimportance, insignificance, nothingness, immateriality, triviality, levity, frivolity, paltriness, poverty, smallness, vanity, matter of indifference, no object, nothing, nothing to signify, nothing worth speaking of, nothing particular, nothing to boast of, nothing to speak of, small matter, no great matter, trifling matter, mere joke, mere nothing, hardly anything, scarcely anything, nonentity, small beer, cipher, no great shakes, peu de chose, child's play, kinderspiel, toy, plaything, popgun, paper pellet, gimcrack, gewgaw, bauble, trinket, bagatelle, Rickshaw, knickknack, whim-wham, trifle, trifles light as air, yankee notions, trumpery, trash, rubbish, stuff, fatras, frippery, leather or prunello, chaff, drug, froth bubble smoke, cobweb, weed, refuse, scum, joke, jest, snap of the fingers, fudge, fiddlestick, fiddlestick end, pack of nonsense, mere farce, straw, pin, fig, button, rush, bulrush, feather, halfpenny, farthing, brass farthing, doit, peppercorn, jot, rap, pinch of snuff, old son, cent, mill, picayune, pistareen, red cent, minutiae, details, minor details, small fry, dust in the balance, feather in the scale, drop in the ocean, flea-bite, molehill, nine days' wonder, ridiculus mus, flash in the pan, much ado about nothing, unimportant, of little account, of small account, of no account, of little importance, of no importance, immaterial, unessential, nonessential, indifferent, subordinate, mediocre, passable, fair, respectable, tolerable, commonplace, uneventful, mere, common, ordinary, inconsiderable, so-so, insignificant, inappreciable, trifling, trivial, slight, slender, light, flimsy, frothy, idle, puerile, airy, shallow, weak, powerless, frivolous, petty, niggling, piddling, peddling, fribble, inane, ridiculous, farcical, finical, finikin, fiddle-faddle, fingle-fangle, namby-pamby, wishy-washy, milk and water, poor, paltry, pitiful, contemptible, sorry, mean, meager, shabby, miserable, wretched, vile, scrubby, scrannel, weedy, niggardly, scurvy, putid, beggarly, worthless, twopennyhalfpenny, cheap, trashy, catchpenny, gimcrack, trumpery, one- horse, not worth the pains, not worth while, not worth mentioning, not worth speaking of, not worth a thought, not worth a curse, not worth a straw, beneath notice, unworthy of notice, beneath regard, unworthy of regard, beneath consideration, unworthy of consideration, de lana caprina, vain, slightly, rather, somewhat, pretty well, tolerably, for aught one cares, Int, no matter!, pish!, tush!, tut!, pshaw!, pugh!, pooh, pooh-pooh!, fudge!, bosh!, humbug!, fiddlestick, fiddlestick end!, fiddlededee!, never mind!, n'importe!, what signifies it, what boots it, what of it, what of that, what matter, what's the odds, a fig for', stuff!, nonsense!, stuff and nonsense, magno conatu magnas nugas, le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle, it matters not, it does not signify, it is of no consequence, it is of no importance, elephantus non capit murem, tempete dans un verre d'eau.

Imperfection

N imperfection, imperfectness, deficiency, inadequacy, peccancy, immaturity, fault, defect, weak point, screw loose, flaw, gap, twist, taint, attainder, bar sinister, hole in one's coat, blemish, weakness, half blood, shortcoming, drawback, seamy side, mediocrity, no great shakes, no great catch, not much to boast of, one-horse shay, imperfect, not perfect, deficient, defective, faulty, unsound, tainted, out of order, out of tune, cracked, leaky, sprung, warped, lame, injured, peccant, frail, inadequate, crude, incomplete, found wanting, below par, short-handed, below its full strength, under its full strength, below its full complement, indifferent, middling, ordinary, mediocre, average, so-so, coucicouci, milk and water, tolerable, fair, passable, pretty well, pretty good, rather good, moderately good, good, good enough, well enough, adequate, decent, not bad, not amiss, inobjectionable, unobjectionable, admissible, bearable, only better than nothing, secondary, inferior, second-rate, second-best, one-horse, almost, to a limited extent, rather, pretty, moderately, passing, only, considering, all things considered, enough, surgit amari aliquid.


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