Infest vs Rampant - What's the difference?

infest | rampant |

As adjectives the difference between infest and rampant

is that infest is (obsolete) mischievous; hurtful; harassing while rampant is (originally) rearing on both hind legs with the forelegs extended.

As a verb infest

is to inhabit a place in unpleasantly large numbers.




(en verb)
  • To inhabit a place in unpleasantly large numbers
  • Insects are infesting my basement!
  • (pathology, of a parasite) To invade a host plant or animal
  • Synonyms



    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) mischievous; hurtful; harassing
  • (Spenser)


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    Alternative forms

    * rampaunt (obsolete)


    (en adjective)
  • (originally) Rearing on both hind legs with the forelegs extended.
  • * The Vienna riding school displays splendid rampant movement.
  • (heraldry) Rearing on its hind leg(s), with a foreleg raised and in profile.
  • * Thomas Hardy, The Well-Beloved
  • little pieces of moustache on his upper lip, like a pair of minnows rampant
  • (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.
  • Unrestrained or unchecked, usually in a negative manner.
  • * Weeds are rampant in any neglected garden.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author=William E. Carter, Merri Sue Carter , title=The British Longitude Act Reconsidered , volume=100, issue=2, page=87 , magazine= citation , passage=Conditions were horrendous aboard most British naval vessels at the time. Scurvy and other diseases ran rampant , killing more seamen each year than all other causes combined, including combat.}}
  • * 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.
  • Rife, or occurring widely, frequently or menacingly.
  • * There was rampant corruption in the city.
  • Derived terms

    * rampantly * rampant gardant * rampant regardant * rampant sejant, sejant rampant


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