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rife

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adjective \ˈrīf\

Simple Definition of rife

  • : very common and often bad or unpleasant

Full Definition of rife

  1. 1 :  prevalent especially to an increasing degree <suspicion and cruelty were rife — W. E. B. DuBois>

  2. 2 :  abundant, common

  3. 3 :  copiously supplied :  abounding —usually used with with <rife with rumors>

rife adverb
rife·ly adverb

Examples of rife

  1. Speculation about who would be fired ran rife for weeks.

  2. <a city government that is rife with malfeasance and corruption>



Origin of rife

Middle English ryfe, from Old English rȳfe; akin to Old Norse rīfr abundant


First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with rife




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