Origin of rife
Examples from the Web for rife
The banlieue setting is rough and rife with violence and drug trafficking.
(Referenda tend to be expensive, rife with misinformation, and favorable to extreme positions).Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?|Michael Schulson|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Adding insult to injury for these ethnically distinct residents, discrimination and racism are rife on a daily basis.
It is all a result of segregated communities where illiteracy is rife and the men think they can get away with anything.
The years between 26 and 34 are rife with those kinds of life changes so heavy they earn moniker of “milestones.”
I do not expect to find the disturbance that is rife in Paris, said Irma Lentz shortly.Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound|Alice B. Emerson
Concerning Manchuria and all the issues involved in the present struggle for its possession, all kinds of misconceptions are rife.Where Half The World Is Waking Up|Clarence Poe
The old-time fear of Lee's superior ability that was rife among the officers of the Army of the Potomac had entirely disappeared.Recollections of the Civil War|Charles A. Dana
There was some violence, and plundering was rife; though many of the men paid for what they took.In the Russian Ranks|John Morse
A great bustle was rife in the little parlor of the "Fountain Head."The Tree of Knowledge|Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
Word Origin for rife
Old English rife "abundant, common, prevalent," from Proto-Germanic *rif- (cf. Old Norse rifr, Swedish river, Norwegian riv, Middle Dutch riif, Middle Low German rive "abundant, generous"), said to be from PIE root *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" "The prevalence of the word in early southern texts is in favour of its being native in English, rather than an adoption from Scandinavian." [OED]