adverb see rife

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Rifely — Rife Rife, a. [AS. r[=i]f abundant, or Icel. r[=i]fr munificent; akin to OD. riff, rijve, abundant.] 1. Prevailing; prevalent; abounding. [1913 Webster] Before the plague of London, inflammations of the lungs were rife and mortal. Arbuthnot.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rifely — adv. commonly, usually, in a widespread manner, generally, prevalently; frequently, regularly, often …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rifely — ad. Prevalently, frequently …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • rifely — rife·ly …   English syllables

  • rifely — adverb Etymology: Middle English rively, from rive rife + ly obsolete : in a rife manner …   Useful english dictionary

  • rife — rifely, adv. rifeness, n. /ruyf/, adj. 1. of common or frequent occurrence; prevalent; in widespread existence, activity, or use: Crime is rife in the slum areas of our cities. 2. current in speech or report: Rumors are rife that the government… …   Universalium

  • rife — adjective Etymology: Middle English ryfe, from Old English rȳfe; akin to Old Norse rīfr abundant Date: 12th century 1. prevalent especially to an increasing degree < suspicion and cruelty were rife W. E. B. DuBois > 2. abundant, common 3.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • riuely — obs. f. rifely …   Useful english dictionary

  • ryfly — obs. f. rifely …   Useful english dictionary

  • ryue — ryue(ly obs. forms of rifely …   Useful english dictionary

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