What does the word rarity mean?

Usage examples for rarity

  1. After listening to a few reproaches for the rarity of his visits and receiving forgiveness in a very cordial " Better late than never," he turned towards his pole, and was much astonished to hear himself addressed by Madame de Godollo as follows:- " Monsieur," she said, " I hope you will pardon the indiscretion I have, in the heat of conversation, committed about you. – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  2. Rarity of happy Hindu faces. – India and the Indians by Edward F. Elwin
  3. You condemn me without a hearing, swayed by the influence of a carefully educated dislike, retorts he: 'Alas for the rarity Of Christian charity Under the sun! – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess