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From rig +‎ -ed.


  • IPA(key): /ɹɪɡd/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪɡd


rigged (comparative more rigged, superlative most rigged)

  1. (figurative) Pre-arranged and fixed so that the winner or outcome is decided in advance.
    There was a vicious rumour that the final was rigged, as the defense seemed useless.
    • 2012 July 3, “Rigged Rates, Rigged Markets”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      If these rates are rigged, markets are rigged — against bank customers, like everyday borrowers, and against parties on the other side of a bank’s derivatives deals, like pension funds.
    • 2016 November 7, Jonathan Watts, “Nicaragua president re-elected in landslide amid claims of rigged vote”, in The Guardian[2]:
      Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega has been re-elected by a landslide in an election described by the opposition as the most rigged contest in the four decades since the Sandinista leader first came to power.
    • 2019 August 25, Greg Weiner, “The Shallow Cynicism of ‘Everything Is Rigged’”, in The New York Times[3], →ISSN:
      The contemporary scandal, it is often said, is not that criminal corruption occurs but rather that the political system is legally rigged. It supposedly takes the form of campaign contributions that, Mr. Sanders says, enable corporations to “literally buy elections.”
  2. (nautical, typically not comparable) Having the rigging up.
    We were ready to embark upon our journey now the vessel was rigged.

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  1. simple past and past participle of rig