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rank adj 1 Rank, rampant mean growing or increasing at an immoderate rate.
Rank applies primarily to vegetation and implies vigorous, luxuriant, and often unchecked or excessive growth
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behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good— Gen 41:5

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its garden was . . . rank, too thickly crowded with trees and bushes and plants— West

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The term is common in metaphoric extension
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weed your better judgments of all opinion that grows rank in them— Shak.

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Rampant is more widely applicable than rank; it implies rapid, often unrestrained or wild, spreading and is frequently applicable not only to what literally grows but to what extends or increases by contagion or diffusion
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it grieved him to see ignorance and impiety so rampantFuller d. 1661

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that curiosity which is so rampant, as a rule, in an Indian village— Kipling

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rumor ran rampant ... the other day— Breit

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Analogous words: *coarse, gross, vulgar: exuberant, *profuse, lavish, luxuriant
2 fusty, musty, rancid, *malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid
Analogous words: dank, humid (see WET): *offensive, loathsome, repulsive: decomposed, decayed, spoiled (see DECAY)
Antonyms: balmy
3 *flagrant, glaring, gross
Analogous words: conspicuous, outstanding, *noticeable: foul, filthy, squalid, nasty (see DIRTY): *outrageous, heinous, atrocious, monstrous
rank n *line, row, file, echelon, tier
rank vb *class, grade, rate, graduate, gradate
Analogous words: *order, arrange: classify, *assort, sort: divide, *separate

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