Definition Of rife


(especially of something undesirable or harmful) of common occurrence; widespread.

male chauvinism was rife in medicine in those days

in an unchecked or widespread manner.

speculation ran rife that he was an arms dealer

Example Of rife

  • Although the area is rife with archaeological finds spanning millennia, neglect has deterred visitors.

  • But as trading standards officers in York revealed this week, it's a national pastime rife with hidden dangers.

  • Cultural backwardness is rife in America, but nowhere so pervasively as in small cities and towns.

  • Disease is rife and diet related illnesses such as scurvy are evident everywhere.

  • Edmonton has a vibrant, happening entertainment scene, rife with talent.

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