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 for rife
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rife \Rife\, a. [AS. r[imac]f abundant, or Icel. r[imac]fr
     munificent; akin to OD. riff, rijve, abundant.]
     1. Prevailing; prevalent; abounding.
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              Before the plague of London, inflammations of the
              lungs were rife and mortal.           --Arbuthnot.
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              Even now the tumult of loud mirth
              Was rife, and perfect in may listening ear.
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     2. Having power; active; nimble. [Obs.]
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              What! I am rife a little yet.         --J. Webster.
        [1913 Webster] -- Rife"ly, adv. -- Rife"ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: most frequent or common; "prevailing winds" [syn:
             prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant,
      2: excessively abundant [syn: overabundant, plethoric,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  112 Moby Thesaurus words for "rife":
     abounding, abundant, affluent, afloat, alive with, all-sufficing,
     ample, aplenty, average, bandied about, besetting, bottomless,
     bounteous, bountiful, bristling, bruited about, bursting, common,
     copious, crawling, crowded, crowding, current, diffuse, dominant,
     effuse, epidemic, exhaustless, extravagant, exuberant, fat,
     fertile, flush, full, galore, generous, going about, going around,
     in circulation, in plenty, in profusion, in quantity, in the air,
     in the news, inexhaustible, jam-packed, jammed, lavish, liberal,
     luxuriant, made public, many, maximal, much, normal, numerous,
     opulent, ordinary, overflowing, packed, pandemic, plenitudinous,
     plenteous, plentiful, plenty, popular, populous, predominant,
     predominating, prevailing, prevalent, prodigal, productive,
     profuse, profusive, proliferating, prolific, rampant, regnant,
     reigning, replete, reported, rich, riotous, routine, ruling,
     rumored, running, running over, standard, stereotyped, studded,
     superabundant, swarming, talked about, teeming, thick,
     thick as hail, thick with, thick-coming, thronged, thronging,
     usual, wealthy, well-found, well-furnished, well-provided,
     well-stocked, whispered, whispered about, wholesale, widespread

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