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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Rich  \Rich\,  (r[i^]ch),  a.  [Compar.  {Richer};  superl. 
  {Richest}.]  [OE.  riche,  AS  r[=i]ce  rich,  powerful;  akin  to 
  OS  r[=i]ki,  D.  rijk,  G.  reich,  OHG.  r[=i]hhi,  Icel.  r[=i]kr, 
  Sw  rik,  Dan.  rig,  Goth.  reiks;  from  a  word  meaning,  ruler, 
  king,  probably  borrowed  from  Celtic,  and  akin  to  L.  rex, 
  regis,  king,  regere  to  guide,  rule  [root]283.  See  {Right}, 
  and  cf  {Derrick},  {Enrich},  {Rajah},  {Riches},  {Royal}.] 
  1.  Having  an  abundance  of  material  possessions;  possessed  of 
  a  large  amount  of  property;  well  supplied  with  land, 
  goods,  or  money;  wealthy;  opulent;  affluent;  --  opposed  to 
  {poor}.  ``Rich  merchants.''  --Chaucer. 
 
  The  rich  [person]  hath  many  friends.  --Prov.  xiv. 
  20. 
 
  As  a  thief,  bent  to  unhoard  the  cash  Of  some  rich 
  burgher.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Hence  in  general,  well  supplied;  abounding;  abundant; 
  copious;  bountiful;  as  a  rich  treasury;  a  rich 
  entertainment;  a  rich  crop. 
 
  If  life  be  short,  it  shall  be  glorious;  Each  minute 
  shall  be  rich  in  some  great  action  --Rowe. 
 
  The  gorgeous  East  with  richest  hand  Showers  on  her 
  kings  barbaric  pearl  and  gold.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  Yielding  large  returns;  productive  or  fertile;  fruitful; 
  as  rich  soil  or  land;  a  rich  mine. 
 
  4.  Composed  of  valuable  or  costly  materials  or  ingredients; 
  procured  at  great  outlay;  highly  valued;  precious; 
  sumptuous;  costly;  as  a  rich  dress;  rich  silk  or  fur; 
  rich  presents. 
 
  Like  to  rich  and  various  gems.  --Milton. 
 
  5.  Abounding  in  agreeable  or  nutritive  qualities;  -- 
  especially  applied  to  articles  of  food  or  drink  which  are 
  high-seasoned  or  abound  in  oleaginous  ingredients,  or  are 
  sweet,  luscious,  and  high-flavored;  as  a  rich  dish;  rich 
  cream  or  soup;  rich  pastry;  rich  wine  or  fruit. 
 
  Sauces  and  rich  spices  are  fetched  from  India. 
  --Baker. 
 
  6.  Not  faint  or  delicate;  vivid;  as  a  rich  color. 
 
  7.  Full  of  sweet  and  harmonius  sounds;  as  a  rich  voice;  rich 
  music. 
 
  8.  Abounding  in  beauty;  gorgeous;  as  a  rich  landscape;  rich 
  scenery. 
 
  9.  Abounding  in  humor;  exciting  amusement;  entertaining;  as 
  the  scene  was  a  rich  one  a  rich  incident  or  character. 
  [Colloq.]  --Thackeray. 
 
  Note:  Rich  is  sometimes  used  in  the  formation  of 
  self-explaining  compounds;  as  rich-fleeced, 
  rich-jeweled,  rich-laden,  rich-stained. 
 
  Syn:  Wealthy;  affluent;  opulent;  ample;  copious;  abundant; 
  plentiful;  fruitful;  costly;  sumptuous;  precious; 
  generous;  luscious. 




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