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rampant

adjective

Definition: 1. happening in an uncontrollable manner--unrestrained; 2. violent and raging

Synonyms: unrestrained, uncontrolled, wild, unbridled, raging, violent, aggressive, fanatical, unruly, widespread

Antonyms: restrained, controlled, behaved

Tips: The word rampant describes wild and unrestrained, sometimes violent, behavior. The phrase "running rampant" is a common idiom used in American English to mean that something is unchecked and out of control. The related word rampage means "violent behavior."

Usage Examples:

The children were all running rampant at the party. (uncontrolled, wild)

The rampant infestation of dandelions annoyed the gardener. (uncontrolled, widespread)

The chairman predicted rampant growth for the company over the next year. (aggressive)

We can't have people running rampant though the streets. (uncontrolled, wild)


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