- of common or frequent occurrence; prevalent; in widespread existence, activity, or use: Crime is rife in the slum areas of our cities.
- current in speech or report: Rumors are rife that the government is in financial difficulty.
- abundant, plentiful, or numerous.
- abounding (usually followed by with).
Origin of rife
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Examples from the Web for rife
The banlieue setting is rough and rife with violence and drug trafficking.‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects
November 25, 2014
(Referenda tend to be expensive, rife with misinformation, and favorable to extreme positions).Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?
November 8, 2014
Adding insult to injury for these ethnically distinct residents, discrimination and racism are rife on a daily basis.Hong Kong Demonstrators Reject Racism
October 2, 2014
It is all a result of segregated communities where illiteracy is rife and the men think they can get away with anything.The Psychology of Sex Slave Rings
August 31, 2014
The years between 26 and 34 are rife with those kinds of life changes so heavy they earn moniker of “milestones.”Adult Women Are the New Face of ADHD
June 30, 2014
Speculation was rife as to who would inherit the estate which he left behind him.Brave and Bold
Such symptoms, when a disease of the kind is rife, are usually the signs of sickening.Little Dorrit
So this is the little maid of whom wonderful rumours are so rife?The Scapegoat
Assassinations and pillage are too rife to make absence easy.
The speculations which once would have been rife enough, were now silent.St. Patrick's Eve
Charles James Lever
- of widespread occurrence; prevalent or currentrumour was rife in the village
- very plentiful; abundant
- (foll by with) abounding (in)a land rife with poverty
Word Origin and History 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]