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Definition excessively abundant  — especially something unpleasant
  • The net was rife with yids from the ball.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Thoughts were rife in the air, in fact.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The excitement had preceded him, and speculation was rife.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • A hairy animal smell, ripe, rife, suffocating.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • As he came closer, he inhaled a rife and stimulating man smell.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • So rife and potent was the fever in Bleeding Heart Yard, that Mr Pancks's rent-days caused no interval in the patients.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Meanwhile, corruption was rife.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • The literature of Everest is rife with accounts of hallucinatory experiences attributable to hypoxia and fatigue.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Then he will think to himsel', THAT IS NOT SO VERY RIFE HEREABOUT; and then he will come and give us a look up in Corrynakiegh.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • The city's political structure is said to be rife with corruption, favor-peddling and nepotism.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • The air was rife with anticipation.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • This was because the kitchen was rife with smuggling.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Whether he can do the one thing in the world he's good at and not be drawn back into the addiction that is rife within the jazz community, we cannot know.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I saw no reason to bother don Baitbazar with my verse, rife with budding genius though I knew it to be.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I accept the logic of everything you say, but you also said everything was rife with illogical logic.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • But it would have been almost impossible not to be infected by the optimism about the future, which was rife among ordinary people in Hamburg.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • This, of course, was no manor, but I suppose a house rife with any human activity has something over one unsettlingly spacious and silent.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Freed of fear and freed of flame, She tore a Rider from the shadows rife!
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • They were rife for two days, struck despair into our hearts, and then died down again.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The only one he recognizes immediately is an American: L. Bob Rife, the cabletelevision monopolist.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash

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