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adjective raw pronunciation in British English /rɔː/
  1. 2
    a raw emotion or quality is strong and natural, but not controlled or developed

    raw anger/bitterness/excitement

    There's a lot of raw talent here.

    1. a.
      basic and natural, and not developed or made more pleasant or satisfactory

      He gives a raw account of life in the camps.

      Their music is still raw and unpretentious.

  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 raw (=red and sore):

    I scrubbed my hands until they were red raw.


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noun [uncountable]

There was a rawness and honesty in the children's paintings.

The rawness in the air suggested snow.


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