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 for rash
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rash \Rash\ (r[a^]sh), v. t. [For arace.]
     1. To pull off or pluck violently. [Obs.]
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     2. To slash; to hack; to cut; to slice. [Obs.]
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              Rashing off helms and riving plates asunder.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rash \Rash\, n. [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.] (Med.)
     A fine eruption or efflorescence on the body, with little or
     no elevation.
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     Canker rash. See in the Vocabulary.
     Nettle rash. See Urticaria.
     Rose rash. See Roseola.
     Tooth rash. See Red-gum.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rash \Rash\, n. [Cf. F. ras short-nap cloth, It. & Sp. raso
     satin (cf. Rase); or cf. It. rascia serge, G. rasch,
     probably fr. Arras in France (cf. Arras).]
     An inferior kind of silk, or mixture of silk and worsted.
     [Obs.] --Donne.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rash \Rash\, a. [Compar. Rasher (-[~e]r); superl. Rashest.]
     [Probably of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. & Sw. rask quick, brisk,
     rash, Icel. r["o]skr vigorous, brave, akin to D. & G. rasch
     quick, of uncertain origin.]
     1. Sudden in action; quick; hasty. [Obs.] "Strong as aconitum
        or rash gunpowder." --Shak.
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     2. Requiring sudden action; pressing; urgent. [Obs.]
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              I scarce have leisure to salute you,
              My matter is so rash.                 --Shak.
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     3. 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.
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     4. Uttered or undertaken with too much haste or too little
        reflection; as, rash words; rash measures.
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     5. So dry as to fall out of the ear with handling, as corn.
        [Prov. Eng.] --Grose.
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     Syn: Precipitate; headlong; headstrong; foolhardy; hasty;
          indiscreet; heedless; thoughtless; incautious; careless;
          inconsiderate; unwary.
     Usage: Rash, Adventurous, Foolhardy. A man is
            adventurous who incurs risk or hazard from a love of
            the arduous and the bold. A man is rash who does it
            from the mere impulse of his feelings, without
            counting the cost. A man is foolhardy who throws
            himself into danger in disregard or defiance of the
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                  Was never known a more adventurous knight.
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                  Her rash hand in evil hour
                  Forth reaching to the fruit, she plucked, she
                  eat.                              --Milton.
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                  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.    --Hudibras.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rash \Rash\ (r[a^]sh), v. t.
     To prepare with haste. [Obs.] --Foxe.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: imprudently incurring risk; "do something rash that he
             will forever repent"- George Meredith
      2: 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" [syn: foolhardy, heady, rash,
      n 1: any red eruption of the skin [syn: rash, roseola,
           efflorescence, skin rash]
      2: a series of unexpected and unpleasant occurrences; "a rash of
         bank robberies"; "a blizzard of lawsuits" [syn: rash,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  165 Moby Thesaurus words for "rash":
     abrupt, abscess, adventuresome, adventurous, ague, anemia,
     ankylosis, anoxia, apnea, asphyxiation, asthma, ataxia, atrophy,
     audacious, backache, bleeding, blennorhea, bold, brash, brazen,
     brazenfaced, breaking out, breakneck, breathless, cachexia,
     cachexy, careless, chill, chills, colic, constipation, convulsion,
     coughing, cyanosis, daredevil, daring, dashing, deluge, dermatitis,
     devil-may-care, diaper rash, diarrhea, dizziness, dropsy,
     drug rash, dysentery, dyspepsia, dyspnea, eczema, edema,
     efflorescence, emaciation, epidemic, eruption, fainting, fatigue,
     fever, fibrillation, flood, flux, foolhardy, foolish, growth,
     hasty, headlong, heat rash, heedless, hemorrhage,
     high blood pressure, hives, hotheaded, hubristic, hydrops,
     hypertension, hypotension, icterus, ill-advised, ill-considered,
     impatient, impetuous, improvident, imprudent, impudent, impulsive,
     incautious, incogitant, inconsiderate, indigestion, indiscreet,
     inflammation, injudicious, insolent, insomnia, itching, jaundice,
     labored breathing, lots, low blood pressure, lumbago, madcap,
     marasmus, multitude, nasal discharge, nausea, necrosis,
     nettle rash, numbers, outbreak, overbold, overcareless,
     overconfident, overhasty, oversure, overweening, pain, panting,
     papular rash, paralysis, plague, precipitant, precipitate,
     precipitous, prickly heat, profusion, pruritus, quantity, quick,
     quixotic, reckless, redness, rheum, rupia, sclerosis, seizure,
     series, shock, silly, skin eruption, sneezing, sore, spasm, spate,
     succession, sudden, tabes, tachycardia, temerarious, thoughtless,
     tumor, unadvised, unchary, unconsidered, unthinking, unwary,
     unwise, upset stomach, urticaria, vaccine rash, venturesome,
     venturous, vertigo, vomiting, wasting, wave, wild

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  RASH, adj.  Insensible to the value of our advice.
      "Now lay your bet with mine, nor let
          These gamblers take your cash."
      "Nay, this child makes no bet."  "Great snakes!
          How can you be so rash?"
                                                          Bootle P. Gish

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