• Louis Xi. And Charles the Rash at Peronne——209
    Louis Xi. And Charles the Rash at Peronne——209
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj rash marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences "foolhardy enough to try to seize the gun from the hijacker","became the fiercest and most reckless of partisans"-Macaulay","a reckless driver","a rash attempt to climb Mount Everest"
    • adj rash imprudently incurring risk "do something rash that he will forever repent"- George Meredith"
    • n rash a series of unexpected and unpleasant occurrences "a rash of bank robberies","a blizzard of lawsuits"
    • n rash any red eruption of the skin
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The Corpse of Charles the Rash Discovered——236 The Corpse of Charles the Rash Discovered——236
Rash Act of Caius Gracchus Rash Act of Caius Gracchus
Mithridates, his rash act Mithridates, his rash act

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Babies that wear disposable diapers are five times more likely to get a diaper rash than babies wearing a cotton diaper
    • n Rash (Med) A fine eruption or efflorescence on the body, with little or no elevation.
    • n Rash An inferior kind of silk, or mixture of silk and worsted.
    • Rash Esp., overhasty in counsel or action; precipitate; resolving or entering on a project or measure without due deliberation and caution; opposed to prudent; said of persons; as, a rash statesman or commander.
    • Rash Requiring sudden action; pressing; urgent. "I scarce have leisure to salute you,
      My matter is so rash ."
    • Rash So dry as to fall out of the ear with handling, as corn. "Was never known a more adventurous knight.""Her rash hand in evil hour
      Forth reaching to the fruit, she plucked, she eat."
      "If any yet be so foolhardy To expose themselves to vain jeopardy;
      If they come wounded off, and lame,
      No honor's got by such a maim."
    • Rash Sudden in action; quick; hasty. "Strong as aconitum or rash gunpowder."
    • v. t Rash răsh To prepare with haste.
    • Rash To pull off or pluck violently.
    • Rash To slash; to hack; to cut; to slice. "Rashing off helms and riving plates asunder."
    • Rash Uttered or undertaken with too much haste or too little reflection; as, rash words; rash measures.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: After 8 months, babies are more likely to get a diaper rash
    • rash Quick; sudden; hasty.
    • rash Hasty in council or action; precipitate; headstrong; impetuous; venturesome: as, a rash statesman or minister; a rash commander.
    • rash Marked by or manifesting inconsiderate haste in speech or action; resulting from temerity or recklessness: as, rash words; rash measures.
    • rash Requiring haste; urgent.
    • rash Synonyms and Enterprising, Foolhardy, etc. (see adventurous), precipitate, hasty, headlong, inconsiderate, careless, heedless. See list under reckless.
    • rash To put together hurriedly; prepare with haste.
    • rash To publish imprudently; blab.
    • rash To cook too rapidly; burn from haste: as, the beef has been rashed in the roasting.
    • rash So ripe or dry as to break or fall readily, as corn from dry straw in handling.
    • n rash Corn in the straw, so dry as to fall out with handling.
    • rash To tear or slash violently; lacerate; rend; hack; hew; slice.
    • n rash A kind of inferior manufacture of silk or of silk and stuff.
    • n rash A more or less extensive eruption on the skin.
    • n rash An obsolete or dialectal form of rush.
    • rash Quick, brisk, hot; causing too quick a result: as, a rash fire.
    • n rash A crisp rustle; a crackle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Rash rash (comp. Rash′er; superl. Rash′est) hasty: headstrong: incautious
    • n Rash rash a slight eruption on the skin.
    • v.t Rash rash (obs.) to tear, to lacerate.
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  • George Orwell
    “One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return.”
  • Plutarch
    “Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.”
  • J. Swartz
    J. Swartz
    “Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility it becomes rashness or obstinacy.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    “Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. rasche, an eruption, scurf, F. rache,; fr. (assumed) LL. rasicare, to scratch, fr. L. radere, rasum, to scrape, scratch, shave. See Rase, and cf. Rascal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. arracher, to uproot.


In literature:

She had seized the rash opening without an instant's hesitation.
"Jason" by Justus Miles Forman
I shall not swerve from my purpose, but I shall not be rash.
"The Captain's Toll-Gate" by Frank R. Stockton
How rash of the player to trust entirely to his own ideas, and not avail himself of the knowledge of others!
"Our Stage and Its Critics" by "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
He is rash, mad, but a stranger.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
The very rashness of the undertaking seemed to restore to Don John his forgotten hilarity of old!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXLV. July, 1844. Vol. LVI." by Various
It was a rash thing to do, but prudence was not his strong point.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
There was method in the rash daring of her proceeding, and all the brave tranquillity that the prudent little housewife had at her command.
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
His only fault had been a rash venturing into the unknown; and well it was that he had not followed the unknown to his death.
"Camp and Trail" by Isabel Hornibrook
Miss Harden was charming, but evidently she was a little rash.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Rashness is to decide and act without taking the trouble to weigh intelligently the facts in the case.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs

In poetry:

But when she bent her head till its red bud
Lay crush'd against my cheek,
My spirit reel'd in fire throughout my blood,
And rashly I would speak.
"In Tempe" by Alexander Anderson
With sudden Step let none our Bliss surprise,
Or check the Freedom of secure Delight—
Rash Man beware and shut thy curious Eyes,
Lest angry Venus snatch their guilty Sight:
"Elegy V" by James Hammond
Go, then, our rash sister! afar and aloof,
Run wild in the sunshine away from our roof;
But when your heart aches and your feet have grown sore,
Remember the pathway that leads to our door!
"Brother Jonathan's Lament for Sister Caroline" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
THOU surely art rash, with thy pinions of gold,
To be flitting thus far from thy home in the bower;
Where erst thou wert wont, as the breezes grew cold,
To shelter thy head in some beautiful flower.
"On Seeing A Butterfly Some Miles Out At Sea" by Caroline Fry
I wish him and his gallant little band every success,
For relieving the people of Mafeking while in distress;
They made the Boers rue their rash undertaking
The day they laid siege to the town of Mafeking.
"The Relief of Mafeking" by William Topaz McGonagall
A bending staff I would not break,
A feeble faith I would not shake,
Nor even rashly pluck away
The error which some truth may stay,
Whose loss might leave the soul without
A shield against the shafts of doubt.
"Questions Of Life" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The rash is usually most notable in areas where you sweat the most.
Toxicity in buckeye requires handlers to be on the lookout for rashes.
A rash of food recalls, from peanuts to eggs, led to several deaths and new calls for a comprehensive food-safety bill, but it has become stalled in Congress.
30 years ago, it was hard to escape the headlines about toxic shock syndrome ( TSS ), after more than 800 women suddenly began experiencing unexplained rash, fever, and other symptoms—and 38 died.
Earlier this year, Texas Gov Rick Perry (R) made news with a characteristically rash declaration that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was "an act of God" and that he had "full confidence" in BP's diligence.
Uzi Rash lets it bleed at Bender's.
Tinea Versicolor (TV) is a common rash that affects up to 10 percent of all teenagers.
EWeek Senior Writer Wayne Rash spoke with Internet pioneer Vint Cerf at the Center for American Progress debate in Washington on July 17.
Believe they have found the culprit in a rash of cemetery flag thefts: woodchucks .
Woodmoor residents are planning a neighborhood watch meeting after a rash of break-ins in the last two weeks.
Shown during his visit are, from left: Jamal Rashed, dean of the NMU College of Business.
Pennsylvania farmers blame fracking for illness, rashes.
ASCENSION PARISH,LA (NBC33) — Deputies in Ascension Parish are trying to solve a rash of burglaries.
Corbin Police warn of rash of burglaries and car break-ins.
Praised be rashness for it, let us know.

In science:

Although all cosmic ray physicists yearn for an explanation of cosmic ray origins, it would be rash to assume that TeV astronomy has yet provided the smoking gun to solve this mystery.
TeV Gamma-ray Observations and the Origin of Cosmic Rays: I
We will start by just leaving the homogeneous terms out entirely, but justify our rashness explicitly as we go along.
Kaplan-Narayanan-Neuberger lattice fermions pass a perturbative test
However, when the aim is to make a precision measurement of the W mass (to better than one per mil le), one cannot rashly neglect their possible contribution.
QCD Event Generators