Definitions for: Rife

[adj] excessively abundant
[adj] encountered generally especially at the present time; "the prevailing opinion was that a trade war could be averted"; "the most prevalent religion in our area"; "speculation concerning the books author was rife"

Webster (1913) Definition: Rife, a. [AS. r[=i]f abundant, or Icel. r[=i]fr
munificent; akin to OD. riff, rijve, abundant.]
1. Prevailing; prevalent; abounding.

Before the plague of London, inflammations of the
lungs were rife and mortal. --Arbuthnot.

Even now the tumult of loud mirth Was rife, and
perfect in may listening ear. --Milton.

2. Having power; active; nimble. [Obs.]

What! I am rife a little yet. --J. Webster.
-- Rife"ly, adv. -- Rife"ness, n.

Synonyms: abundant, current, overabundant, plethoric, prevailing, prevalent

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