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rampant

adjective uk   /ˈræm.pənt/ us  

rampant adjective (INCREASING)

(of something bad) getting worse quickly and in an uncontrolled way: rampant corruption Rampant inflation means that our wage increases soon become worth nothing. He said that he had encountered rampant prejudice in his attempts to get a job. Disease is rampant in the overcrowded city.

rampant adjective (STANDING)

[after noun] (of an animal represented on a coat of arms) standing on its back legs with its front legs raised: a lion rampant
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