One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘their rare moments of privacy’
infrequent, few and far between, scarce, sparse, scattered, thin on the ground, golden, like gold dust, as scarce as hen's teeth
occasional, limited, odd, isolated, sporadic, intermittent, unaccustomed, unwonted
British out of the common
2‘a collector of rare stamps and coins’
unusual, uncommon, unfamiliar, out of the ordinary, atypical, singular, remarkable, recherché, special, precious
3‘he's a man of rare talent’
exceptional, outstanding, unparalleled, peerless, matchless, unique, unequalled, incomparable, unrivalled, inimitable, beyond compare, beyond comparison, without equal, second to none, unsurpassed, surpassing, exquisite, superb, consummate, superior, superlative, first-class, first-rate, special, choice, excellent, very fine
informal A1, stellar, top-notch
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