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 ).

before 1150; Middle English; Old English rīfe; cognate with Middle Dutch rijf abundant, Old Norse rīfr

rifely, adverb
rifeness, noun
overrife, adjective
unrife, adjective

rife, ripe (see synonym study at ripe).

3. plenteous, multitudinous; teeming, swarming.

3. scarce.
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rife (raɪf)
1.  of widespread occurrence; prevalent or current: rumour was rife in the village
2.  very plentiful; abundant
3.  (foll by with) abounding (in): a land rife with poverty
[Old English rīfe; related to Old Norse rīfr generous, Middle Dutch rīve]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. rife "abundant." Related to O.N. rifr (Swed. river, Norw. riv), M.Du. riif, M.L.G. rive "abundant, generous." "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]
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First, a snail eats cow dung rife with the worm's eggs.
Now that security was removed-and the air seemed rife with suspicion.
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The history of technology is rife with stories and accounts of revolutionary
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