rampant
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈɹæm.pənt/
Adjective

rampant

  1. (originally) Rearing on both hind legs with the forelegs extended.
    The Vienna riding school displays splendid rampant movement.
  2. (heraldry) Rearing up, especially on its hind leg(s), with a foreleg raised and in profile.
    • 1846, Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado
      ‘I forget your coat of arms.’
      ‘A human foot d’or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel.’
    • , Thomas Hardy, The Well-Beloved
      little pieces of moustache on his upper lip, like a pair of minnows rampant
  3. (architecture) Tilted, said of an arch with one side higher than the other, or a vault whose two abutments are located on an inclined plane.
  4. Unrestrained or unchecked, usually in a negative manner.
    Weeds are rampant in any neglected garden.
    • 2013, Phil McNulty, "Man City 4-1 Man Utd ↗", BBC Sport, 22 September 2013:
      In contrast to the despair of his opposite number, it was a day of delight for new City boss Manuel Pellegrini as he watched the rampant Blues make a powerful statement about their Premier League ambitions.
  5. Rife, or occurring widely, frequently or menacingly.
    There was rampant corruption in the city.
Related terms Translations
  • German: sich aufbäumend
  • Russian: стоя́щий на за́дних ла́пах
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: неистовый



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