Definition of rife in English:

rife

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Pronunciation: /rʌɪf
 
/

adjective

[predic.]

adverb

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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.

Derivatives

rifeness

noun

Origin

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

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