Adjective "Rife" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(especially of something undesirable) of common occurrence; widespread.
  1. 'TB was also rife and I knew some nurses who went down with it.'
  2. 'Speculation is rife about whom John Kerry will choose as his running mate.'
  3. 'The social and economic cancer of corruption is rife throughout the continent.'
  4. 'Cultural backwardness is rife in America, but nowhere so pervasively as in small cities and towns.'
  5. 'With identity theft so rife, it would be too easy for imposters to hack accounts.'
  6. 'There is no substance in the allegation that unlawful access of phone lines is rife or commonplace.'
  7. 'Street lights fail to work, litter is strewn everywhere, vandalism is rife, and adolescents roam the streets aimlessly.'
  8. 'Worldwide obesity is so rife that it represents an evolutionary shift in human body shape, an expert said yesterday.'
  9. 'Sexual harassment is rife, and more women are being jailed.'
  10. 'He points to the UK where, despite a generally prudish approach, underage pregnancies are rife.'
  11. 'the streets were rife with rumour and fear'
  12. 'His regime is rife with corruption and massive channelling of public funds into private pockets.'
  13. 'It is a town rife with corruption, from city hall on down, and teeming with houses of ill repute.'
  14. 'The Justice Project study paints an overall picture of a death penalty system rife with error.'
  15. 'The web is rife with intellectual property theft, and it pays to protect your brand by registering trademarks and appropriate domains.'
  16. 'Johannesburg has never seemed more spectacular, beautiful and uncomfortable - and rife with possibilities.'
  17. 'Rugby in South Africa is one of the last bastions of the white man, and still rife with racism.'
  18. 'They have a soothing influence on a world rife with tension.'
  19. 'It looks like a body that can't get things done, an organization that is rife with cronyism and lobbyists' money.'
  20. 'Research has shown, however, that recall is unreliable and rife with inaccuracies and biases.'
  21. 'Kept secret at first, the list was made public by a court order, and was quickly discovered to be rife with errors.'


In an unchecked or widespread manner.
  1. 'Speculation has run rife on all sorts of mad theories about who will get up in each state.'


1. of common or frequent occurrence; prevalent; in widespread existence, activity, or use: Crime is rife in the slum areas of our cities.

2. current in speech or report: Rumors are rife that the government is in financial difficulty.

3. abundant, plentiful, or numerous.

4. abounding (usually followed by with).

More examples(as adjective)

"markets can be rife with speculations."

"speculations can be rife in places."

"speculations can be rife in markets."

"speculations can be rife as to things."

"speculations can be rife about things."

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Late Old English rȳfe, probably from Old Norse rīfr ‘acceptable’.