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adjective raw pronunciation in American English //
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  1. 2
    basic and natural, and not developed or made more pleasant or satisfactory
    Their music is still raw and unpretentious.
    He gives a raw account of life in the camps.
    1. a.
      a raw emotion or quality is strong and natural, but not controlled or developed
      Her performance was filled with raw emotion.
      There’s a lot of raw talent here.
      raw anger/bitterness/excitement
  2. 4
    not trained or experienced
    They are mostly raw recruits, not professional soldiers.
  3. 5
    if your skin is raw, it is very sore
    His face was raw from the cold.
    red and raw (=red and sore): I scrubbed my hands until they were red and raw.
  4. 6
    raw weather is cold and unpleasant
    A raw March wind was blowing.
    The afternoon was chilly and raw.
  5. 7
    American informal containing sexual language or detailed descriptions of sex
    Her humor was a little too raw for my taste.


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noun [uncountable]
The rawness in the air suggested snow.
There was a rawness and honesty in the children’s paintings.


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