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adjective raw pronunciation in British English /rɔː/
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  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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