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I have just started reading Great Expectations. I want to improve my English, and since I'm not a native speaker, I have difficulty understanding what "raw" means in the following piece of text:

My first most vivid and broad impression of the identity of things seems to me to have been gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards evening.

Please explain what "raw" means in this quote.

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In the context of this sentence, "raw" refers to the weather. The following definition from Wiktionary applies here:

Unpleasantly cold or damp.

So Pip is saying that the weather that evening was unpleasantly cold or damp. (Later in the same chapter, the escaped convict is described as "glancing about him over the cold wet flat". The ground appears to be soaked with water, probably for the same reason that the weather is damp.)

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