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Examples of rife in a Sentence
Speculation about who would be fired ran rife for weeks.
a city government that is rife with malfeasance and corruption
Recent Examples of rife from the Web
Corruption and political intolerance is rife in Cambodia.
Investors argue that choosing between paying the bonds and feeding the population is a false dilemma -- both would be possible if the government wasn’t rife with corruption and mismanagement.
But in 2012, an Army audit warned that the program appeared to be rife with fraud — perhaps as much as $100 million worth.
The country, unsettled by President Nicolás Maduro’s heavy-handed authoritarian style, has been rife with civil unrest, strikes, famine and protest since his election in 2013 after Hugo Chavez’s death.
Superstition around witchcraft is still rife in parts of Africa, especially in more rural regions, where eccentric behavior can lead to public vilification, exile and threats of violence.
June is rife with amazing new TV shows and movies headed to Netflix, including old favorites (Orange Is the New Black Season 5) and new obsessions (GLOW, Gypsy, and new movie Okja, starring Tilda Swinton).
Discounting is rife online for the brand, with 44 percent of all Ivanka Trump products being sold at prices that are on average 49 percent off, according to Edited.
Officially, Mayweather is retired, but speculation is rife about his coming out of retirement.
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Did You Know?
English is rife with words that have Germanic connections, many of which have been handed down to us from Old English. Rife is one of those words. Not a whole lot has changed with rife in its 900-year history. We continue to use the word, as we have since the 12th century, for negative things, especially those that are widespread or prevalent. Typical examples are "shoplifting was rife" or "the city was rife with greed and corruption." Rumors and speculation are also frequently described as "rife," as well. But rife can also be appropriately used, as it has been for hundreds of years, for good or neutral things. For example, you might speak of "the summer garden, rife with scents."
Origin and Etymology of rife
Middle English ryfe, from Old English rȳfe; akin to Old Norse rīfr abundant
First Known Use: 12th century
RIFE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rife for English Language Learners
: very common and often bad or unpleasant
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