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Definition of "rampant" []

  • Extending unchecked; unrestrained: a rampant growth of weeds in the neglected yard. (adjective)
  • Occurring without restraint and frequently, widely, or menacingly; rife: a rampant epidemic; rampant corruption in city government. (adjective)
  • Rearing on the hind legs. (adjective)
  • Heraldry Rearing on the left hind leg with the forelegs elevated, the right above the left, and usually with the head in profile. (adjective)
  • Architecture Springing from a support or an abutment that is higher at one side than at the other: a rampant arch. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rampant" in a sentence
  • "Two Lions rampant, when face to face, are _Counter rampant_, or"
  • "I propose the term rampant fantasy for books that: ... pile concept upon concept while the previous concept hasn't been adequately absorbed in the story."
  • "But the term rampant grower does not do it justice."