Origin of rampant
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How this will all shake out is a topic of rampant speculation.
When Booker assumed office, his half-a-million constituents were grappling with high unemployment and rampant poverty.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy|Olivia Nuzzi|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As if to illustrate the rampant sexism that still exists, hackers threatened to release nude photos of her after her speech.The Gender-Pay Gap: It’s Real, and Yes, It’s Sexism|Monica Potts|September 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This has produced an unearthing of the unequal and unfair policing of African Americans rampant across this nation.From the Levant to Ferguson to Baltimore, The Most Violent Summer in Years|Gene Robinson|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Decomposing corpses led to a rampant plague so severe it spread to Syria.In Threatening Baghdad, Militants Seek to Undo 800 Years of History|Justin Marozzi|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She recognized the rampant reddish, hair, the dent at the corner of one exposed eye.The Trail of Conflict|Emilie Baker Loring
The giantess paused and stood with raised arms, rampant and threatening.Old Farm Fairies:|Henry Christopher McCook
Mather called her rampant hag, and hence much of Christendom has been influenced to contemplate her with aversion.
For twenty-four hours the long-repressed animal spirits are rampant.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
From the seventh to the twelfth century, the tendency to asceticism was rampant.
British Dictionary definitions for rampant
Word Origin for rampant
Word Origin and History for rampant
late 14c., "standing on the hind legs" (as a heraldic lion often does), thus, also, "fierce, ravenous" (late 14c.), from Old French rampant, present participle of ramper "to climb, scale, mount" (see rampage (v.)). Sense of "growing without check" (in running rampant), first recorded 1610s, probably is via the notion of "fierce disposition" or else preserves the older French sense.