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  • Malaria is prevalent in that region.
  • Political discontent is prevalent in the state.
  • It shows that at last a reasonable and steady view of the matter is becoming prevalent among us.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • The broadest and most prevalent error requires the most disinterested virtue to sustain it.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • prevalent = commonly encountered
  • the prevalence of illiteracy in Mississippi;
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • prevalence = commonness
  • But colds were never so prevalent as they have been this autumn.
    Austen, Jane  --  Emma
  • It was prevalent everywhere.
    Dickens, Charles  --  A Tale Of Two Cities
  • Despite my two disastrous experiences, here was John Barleycorn, prevalent and accessible everywhere in the community, luring and drawing me.
    London, Jack  --  John Barleycorn
  • Oxen tread the wheat from the ear, after the fashion prevalent in the time of Methuselah.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • * In those days thievery was incredibly prevalent.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • As for "lung sick," which is a dreadful form of pneumonia, very prevalent in this country, they had all been inoculated against it.
    Haggard, Rider H.  --  King Solomon's Mines
  • He sank, with many other unfortunate people, under a fever prevalent in a Western city which we happened to visit.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The Haunted Hotel
  • He sank under a contagious disorder, very prevalent at that time, and vulgarly termed the jail fever.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Barnaby Rudge - A Tale Of The Riots Of 'Eighty
  • In other respects, she was in perfect harmony with the prevalent feeling.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  I Say No
  • Straight lines are too prevalent - too uninterruptedly continued - or clumsily interrupted at right angles.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  Poems
  • The guests at Windygates were most of them in the garden, enjoying the morning sunshine, after a prevalent mist and rain for some days past.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  Man And Wife
  • The Ark was discovered stranded on the eastern shore, where it had long before been driven with the prevalent northwest winds.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • It fits with a prevalent theory.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Commonly uttered by the host of a meal, it is a holdover from days when poisoning of guests was prevalent among the clans.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • But there existed in the Western world an element that baffled and frightened the Communist party:the prevalence of self-achieved literacy.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy

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