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Definition of rife adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1if something bad or unpleasant is rife in a place, it is very common there synonym widespread It is a country where corruption is rife. Rumors are rife that he is going to resign.
  2. 2rife (with something) full of something bad or unpleasant Los Angeles is rife with gossip about the stars' private lives.
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