Rath´er   Pronunciation: răth´ẽr; 277
a.1.Prior; earlier; former.
Now no man dwelleth at the rather town.
- Sir J. Mandeville.
1.Earlier; sooner; before.
Thou shalt, quod he, be rather false than I.
- Chaucer.
A good mean to come the rather to grace.
- Foxe.
2.More readily or willingly; preferably.
My soul chooseth . . . death rather than my life.
- Job vii. 15.
3.On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead.
Was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse.
- Mark v. 26.
4.Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to, or as more likely than, the other; somewhat.
5.More properly; more correctly speaking.
6.In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the house is rather damp.
The rather
the more so; especially; for better reason; for particular cause.
Adv.1.rather - on the contrary; "rather than disappoint the children, he did two quick tricks before he left"; "he didn't call; rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter"; "used English terms instead of Latin ones"
Synonyms: instead
2.rather - to some (great or small) extent; "it was rather cold"; "the party was rather nice"; "the knife is rather dull"; "I rather regret that I cannot attend"; "He's rather good at playing the cello"; "he is kind of shy"
Synonyms: kind of, kinda, sort of
3.rather - more readily or willingly; "clean it well, preferably with warm water"; "I'd rather be in Philadelphia"; "I'd sooner die than give up"
Synonyms: preferably, sooner
4.rather - to a degree (not used with a negative); "quite tasty"; "quite soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich"
Synonyms: quite
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Ratihabitiio mandato aequiparatur
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