rampant

adjective
ram·​pant | \ ˈram-pənt also -ˌpant How to pronounce rampant (audio) \

Definition of rampant

1a : rearing upon the hind legs with forelegs extended
b : standing on one hind foot with one foreleg raised above the other and the head in profile used of a heraldic animal
2a : marked by a menacing wildness, extravagance, or absence of restraint rampant rumors
b : profusely widespread rampant weeds

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rampant 1b: a lion rampant

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Other Words from rampant

rampantly adverb

Examples of rampant in a Sentence

a weed that's rampant in this area the mayor promised to put a stop to the rampant crime that plagued the city

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When things go awry and lack of accountability is rampant, front offices can turn on the head coach. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons president search: Michael Curry lauds Ed Stefanski," 20 May 2018 In the early days of the investigation, clues were sparse, rumors were rampant and fear of satanism spread through the community of around 400. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Beyond ‘Satanic Panic’: Agent has theory on 30-year mystery of missing Kansas teen | The Kansas City Star," 8 Apr. 2018 Donovan also said this bill should not incur a significant amount of debt for schools because this issue is not rampant across Louisiana. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "Lawmakers advance bill to ban lunch shaming at public schools," 28 Mar. 2018 Google's note hits at a larger, disconcerting theme: Data breaches and hacks are rampant, and merely having an email account could potentially compromise the security of a camera pointed at your baby's crib. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Google Warns Nest Users to Update Security Settings After Uptick of Hacked Cameras," 6 Feb. 2019 The simple fact is that Republican leaders more often traffic in falsehoods than Democratic leaders do — climate change denial, birtherism, suggesting voter fraud is rampant, and more. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018 Fake reviews are rampant within e-commerce, since online shopping eliminates the option of touching, testing, or swatching a product for yourself. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "The Shady World of Online Beauty Reviews," 23 Nov. 2018 Speculation that Tesla had hit the 200,000 mark for US sales has been rampant, particularly in the wake of the company's recent statement regarding production numbers. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Tesla sold 200,000 cars in the US, so the $7,500 tax credit is going away," 12 July 2018 In Senegal, which borders Guinea-Bissau to the north, homophobia is so rampant that there was public outcry a few years ago. New York Times, "‘I Have to Be Open’," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of rampant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rampant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, present participle of ramper

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rampant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rampant

usually disapproving used to describe something that is very common or that is spreading very quickly and in a way that is difficult to control
: growing quickly and in a way that is difficult to control

rampant

adjective
ram·​pant | \ ˈram-pənt How to pronounce rampant (audio) \

Kids Definition of rampant

: existing or growing greatly and quickly Fear was rampant in the town.

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