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endemic (adj) prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or a country (a disease, practice, etc.).

Anything endemic in an area is found particularly in that area or among the people living in the area. An endemic disease is one which is found in a particular area and is difficult to get rid of. Malaria is endemic in tropical regions; that is, the disease is common in the area. Crime is endemic in the slums of large and thickly populated cities. That is, crime is common and frequent in the slums of the cities.

  • Rampant corruption, epidemics and internal disturbances are some of the evils endemic in the third world countries, the common occurrence of which is due to their economic backwardness.
  • The belief that they are the chosen ones of God to execute His will is endemic among the members of the “Goodman” cult.
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