rampant

adjective
ram·​pant | \ ˈram-pənt also -ˌpant \

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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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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While blame for the violent tragedies that continue to dishearten our country does not rest solely on Trump’s shoulders, Streep was right about hatred running rampant in this administration. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump's Ideology Is Supporting Political Violence," 30 Oct. 2018 Riverdale season 3 is only a month away and, thanks to all the teasers, trailers, and pics, fan theories have already been running rampant for months. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These "Riverdale" Season 3 Fan Theories Are So Crazy They Might Actually Be True," 24 Sep. 2018 Earlier today, about 120 goats escaped their enclosure and ran rampant through neighborhoods in Boise, Idaho. Fox News, "Police say they may never know Las Vegas shooter's motive," 3 Aug. 2018 The practice is rampant in the beauty industry, sometimes taken to levels that go beyond mere inspiration. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The biggest beauty trend in 2018? Makeup brands behaving badly," 18 Dec. 2018 Tales of apparitions and voices coming seemingly from nowhere are rampant amongst these macho, Latino men. Tom Fowlks, Popular Mechanics, "The Floating Crane That Went From Tending Nazi U-Boats To Fixing the Panama Canal," 1 Aug. 2018 This announcement comes at a time when emotional support animals are rampant and hotly debated. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Delta is now restricting emotional support animals on flights. This could be a good thing.," 11 Dec. 2018 Yet violence against women is rampant and may be getting worse. Beatrice Christofaro, Fox News, "Despite strong laws, domestic violence in Brazil is rampant," 21 Sep. 2018 While some instances have been traced to US employees, the practice is reportedly rampant in China among Chinese Amazon employees and local third-party sellers. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon looking into claims that employees delete bad reviews for cash," 17 Sep. 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

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English Language Learners Definition of rampant

—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 \

Kids Definition of rampant

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

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