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Pronunciation: /rʌɪf

Definition of rife in English:


1(Especially of something undesirable) of common occurrence; widespread: male chauvinism was rife in medicine
More example sentences
  • Spyware is rife and virus infection commonplace yet many home users reckon they are safe from online threats.
  • There is no substance in the allegation that unlawful access of phone lines is rife or commonplace.
  • Street lights fail to work, litter is strewn everywhere, vandalism is rife, and adolescents roam the streets aimlessly.
rare permeative, suffusive, permeant
1.1 (rife with) Full of: the streets were rife with rumour and fear
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  • Mitchelstown was rife with rumours yesterday of an impending announcement.
  • The American media is rife with rumours that the King of Pop will skip the country as soon as he is free.
  • It is a town rife with corruption, from city hall on down, and teeming with houses of ill repute.


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In an unchecked or widespread manner: speculation ran rife that he was an arms dealer
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  • Speculation has run rife on all sorts of mad theories about who will get up in each state.
  • Rumours ran wild and rife but the band would not play together again until 1993.


late Old English rȳfe, probably from Old Norse rīfr 'acceptable'.




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