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Definitions for rampant
ˈræm pəntram·pant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rampantadjective

    unrestrained and violent

    "rampant aggression"

  2. rampant(ip), rearingadjective

    rearing on left hind leg with forelegs elevated and head usually in profile

    "a lion rampant"

  3. rampantadjective

    (of a plant) having a lush and unchecked growth

    "a rampant growth of weeds"


  1. rampantadjective

    rearing on both hind legs with the forelegs extended

    The Vienna riding school displays splendid rampant movement

  2. rampantadjective

    rearing on its hind leg(s), with a foreleg raised and in profile.

  3. rampantadjective

    tilted, said of an arch with one side higher than the other.

  4. rampantadjective

    unrestrained or unchecked, usually in a negative manner.

    Weeds are rampant in any neglected garden.

  5. rampantadjective

    rife, or occurring widely, frequently or menacingly.

    There was rampant corruption in the city.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rampantadjective

    Etymology: rampant, Fr. from ramp.

    The foundation of this behaviour towards persons set apart for the service of God, can be nothing else but atheism; the growing rampant sin of the times. South.

    The seeds of death grow up, till, like rampant weeds, they choak the tender flower of life. Clarissa.

    If a lion were the proper coat of Judah, yet were it not probable a lion rampant, but couchant or dormant. Brown.

    The lion rampant shakes his brinded mane. John Milton.


  1. rampant

    In heraldry, the term attitude describes the position in which a figure (animal or human) is emblazoned as a charge, a supporter, or as a crest. The attitude of a heraldic figure always precedes any reference to the tincture of the figure and its parts. Some attitudes apply only to predatory beasts, exemplified by the beast most usual to heraldry — the heraldic lion; other terms apply to docile animals, such as the doe, usually emblazoned as a "hind". Other heraldic attitudes, such as volant, describe the positions of birds, exemplified by the bird most usual to heraldry — the heraldic eagle; moreover, birds also are described by the positions of their wings. The term naiant (swimming) applies to fish, swans, ducks, and geese. The term segreant is applied to the griffin, as an approximation of rampant, and is applied to the dragon. Animal figures are positioned in profile, facing dexter (the viewer's left), and persons are shown affronté (facing the viewer), but the blazon might specify other attitudes.


  1. rampant

    Rampant refers to something, often an undesirable or harmful event or process, that is flourishing, spreading, increasing, or getting out of control quickly and without restriction. It can also describe an animal that is represented standing on one hind foot with its forefeet in the air, in heraldry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rampant

    ramping; leaping; springing; rearing upon the hind legs; hence, raging; furious

  2. Rampant

    ascending; climbing; rank in growth; exuberant

  3. Rampant

    rising with fore paws in the air as if attacking; -- said of a beast of prey, especially a lion. The right fore leg and right hind leg should be raised higher than the left

  4. Etymology: [F., p. pr. of ramper to creep. See Ramp, v.]


  1. Rampant

    Rampant is the fifth studio album by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, released in 1974. It was their third and to be the last LP produced by Roger Glover.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. rampant

    (Fr., literally, “raging”). In heraldry, an epithet applied to a lion or other beast of prey when placed erect on the two hind-legs, with only one of the fore-legs elevated, the head being seen in profile. When the face is turned toward the spectator, the attitude is called rampant gardant, and when the head is turned backwards, rampant regardant. A lion counter-rampant is one rampant towards the sinister, instead of towards the dexter, the usual attitude. Two lions rampant contrariwise in saltire, are sometimes also said to be counter-rampant.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rampant in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rampant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of rampant in a Sentence

  1. Greg Abbott:

    Because the spread is so rampant right now, there's never a reason for you to have to leave your home, unless you do need to go out, the safest place for you is at your home.

  2. Said Boumedouha:

    The international image the authorities have attempted to project of the country as a progressive reformist state committed to human rights masks a far more sinister truth, four years on from the uprising, repression is widespread and rampant abuses by the security forces continue.

  3. Greg Schultz:

    We live in an era of increasingly rampant disinformation, and there are only two ways to address this toxic force that is corroding our democracy : responsibly and in a way that serves the public, or irresponsibly and in a nakedly self-serving manner, facebook's malfeasance when it comes to trafficking in blatantly false information is a national crisis in this respect.

  4. Avinash Kar:

    Solving antibiotic resistance will require ending the rampant overuse of these drugs in livestock. Until then, these lifesaving drugs will increasingly fail when sick people need them—and, as CDC recognized, 'everyone is at risk,'.

  5. Michael Aaron:

    Our society is filled with sexual myths and misconceptions, mostly stemming from a combination of our culture's puritanical roots, as well as rampant consumerism, which feeds off individual insecurities to sell unnecessary products.

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  • zügellosGerman
  • ασυγκράτητος, αχαλίνωτοςGreek
  • شایعPersian
  • rehottavaFinnish
  • effréné, rampantFrench
  • ar a ingne deiridhIrish
  • merajalelaIndonesian
  • sfrenato, rampante, sfrenataItalian
  • 手がつけられないJapanese
  • 유행하는Korean
  • erectusLatin
  • буенMacedonian
  • hellend, woekerend, ongebreideld, steigerend, ongecontroleerdDutch
  • безудержный, угрожать, ярый, буйный, стоящий на задних лапах, неистовыйRussian
  • hejdlös, ohejdad, otyglad, vild, grasserande, stegrandeSwedish
  • 猖獗Chinese

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