Talk about opposites! Raise is such a positive, uplifting word while raze…well, it isn’t positive. It’s destructive. It destroys. So when I run across this word confusion in a story…well, it razes my mood. I much prefer to raise my heart rate, my hopes, my expectations, my blood pressure when I’m reading. Getting bulldozed by raze does a 180 on my mood and dumps all over the story.
Rays was added 5 November 2016 simply because it is an heterograph of raise and raze.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Verb, transitive||Plural for the noun and third person present verb: ray
Noun 1, 2
Verb 1 and 3, intransitive & transitive
|Usually, be razed
Alternative spelling: rase
An increase in salary
[In poker or brag] An increase in a stake
[Weightlifting; usually with an adjective] An act of lifting or raising a part of the body while holding a weight
Increase the amount, level, or strength of
Cause to be heard, considered, or discussed
Collect, levy, or bring together (money or resources)
Bring up a child
Bring someone back from death
Abandon or force an enemy to abandon a siege, blockade, or embargo
Drive an animal from its lair
[Immunology] Stimulate production of an antiserum, antibody, or other biologically active substance against the appropriate target cell or substance
Each of the lines in which light (and heat) may seem to stream from the sun or any luminous body, or pass through a small opening 1
A thing that is arranged radially, in particular:
[Zoology] A broad, flat marine or freshwater fish with a cartilaginous skeleton, winglike pectoral fins, and a long slender tail 2
|Completely destroy a building, town, or other site
To shave or scrape off
He wants a raise and some perks.
Use the proper position when doing bent-over raises.
His flag was raised over the city.
Melody managed to raise him to his feet.
A fence was being raised around the property.
The galloping horse raised a cloud of dust.
The bank raised interest rates.
The aim was to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless.
The king raised him to the title of Count Torre Bella.
When 3 is raised to the 7th power, it equals 2,187.
I’ll raise you another hundred dollars.
The alarm was raised when he failed to return home.
Doubts have been raised about the future of the reprocessing plant.
Recent sightings have raised hopes that otters are making a return.
She was attempting to raise $20,000.
He was born and raised in San Francisco.
They raised pigs and kept a pony.
God raised Jesus from the dead.
The jack rabbit was only 250 yards from where he first raised it.
The piece raises the ghosts of a number of twentieth-century art ideas.
I raised him on the open line.
They raised the low coast by evening.
Rays of sunlight came through the window, bringing cheer to our gathering.
Rays from the various flashlights pointed at the dog huddled on the road.
Water reflects and intensifies UV rays.
The point where the ray starts is called the endpoint.
Sarah’s catching some rays on a beach in Cruz Bay.
If only I could see a few rays of hope.
Daisies have an array of ray florets arranged radially around the central disc, forming the white part of its flower head.
Ray-finned fishes constitute a class or subclass of the bony fishes.
Fin rays are so called because of the fins that are supported by bony or horny rays.
A starfish has tube feet, which at the tips of the rays, help them detect food.
|Villages were razed to the ground.
The Ghibellines even proposed to raze the walls of the city.
By refusing to raze their homes, they made the defense of their city impossible.
They razed three houses to erect one monster of a house.
Warsaw was razed to the ground in World War II.
|Adjective: raisable, unrayed||Adjective: rayed, raylike||Adjective: unrazed
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English from the Old Norse reisa.||1 Middle English from the Old French rai, which is based on the Latin radius meaning spoke, ray.||Middle English, in the sense of scratch, incise.
From the Old French raser meaning shave closely, from the Latin ras- meaning scraped, which is from the verb radere.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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