Part of speech:
(Like “milk,” “rice,” and “education,” uncountable nouns are words for stuff that can’t be broken into exact units. You talk about “some milk,” “the rice,” and “a lot of education,” but you don’t say “a milk,” “three rices,” or “many educations.”
Likewise, talk about “the rampancy,” “such rampancy,” “no rampancy,” and so on, but don’t say “rampancies.”)
Something rampant is either scary and wild or very widespread, and to be on a rampage is to act in a scary, wild, violent, damaging way.
So, the rampancy of something is that quality of being wild, frightening, violent, and widespread.
rampant, rampantly; rampage, rampaged, rampaging; rampageous, rampageously, rampageousness
How to use it:
Talk about the rampancy of something (or something's rampancy) when you mean that it's really common AND really bad: the rampancy of corruption, the rampancy of crime, the virus's rampancy, the misconception's rampancy, etc.
Sometimes, fighting against the rampancy of apostrophe errors feels like a losing (and lonely) battle.
From what I understand, it used to be really easy to make fake accounts on social media sites--but now the sites counter the rampancy of that abuse.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "rampancy" means when you can explain it without saying “ferociousness" or "ubiquity."
Think of something that annoys you or worries you about the younger generation, and fill in the blanks: "I can't believe the rampancy of (a certain problem) in (a certain age group)."
Example: "I can't believe the rampancy of texting at the dinner table in not just teenagers but young adults, too."
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Kate DiCamillo: "The whole way back to the Kentucky Star, Rob held on to Sistine's hand. He marveled at what a small hand it was and how much comfort there was in holding on to it."
1. One opposite of RAMPANCY is
2. Statistics constantly illustrate the rampancy of _____.
A. people willing to lend a hand in a crisis
B. crime in areas of high poverty
C. fluctuating public opinion
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