rich




The rich are the wealthy people in society. If you daydream of owning multi-billion dollar corporations and driving around in fancy cars, then you dream of being one of the rich.

Rich is a cognate (meaning a word that sounds the same and means the same) with various of Germanic, Frisian, and Dutch words for “king.” Now it tends to be an adjective meaning “abundant.” That might be abundant money, as in your rich cousin Henry. A rich sauce is buttery and creamy and delicious. Rich land is fertile and abundant in crops. A rich idea has many possible applications. Rich coffee is full, dark and intense.

Definitions of rich
  1. adjective

    possessing material wealth

    “her father is extremely
    rich
    “many fond hopes are pinned on
    rich uncles”
    Synonyms:

    abundant

    present in great quantity
    privileged

    blessed with privileges
    affluent, flush, loaded, moneyed, wealthy

    having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
    comfortable, easy, prosperous, well-fixed, well-heeled, well-off, well-situated, well-to-do

    in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich
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    poor

    having little money or few possessions
    underprivileged

    lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society
    broke, bust, skint, stone-broke, stony-broke

    lacking funds
    destitute, impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken

    poor enough to need help from others
    hard up, impecunious, in straitened circumstances, penniless, penurious, pinched

    not having enough money to pay for necessities
    moneyless

    having no money
    unprovided for

    without income or means
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  2. adjective

    of great worth or quality

    “a
    rich collection of antiques”
    Synonyms:

    valuable

    having great material or monetary value especially for use or exchange
  3. adjective

    suggestive of or characterized by great expense

    “a
    rich display”
    Synonyms:

    deluxe, gilded, grand, luxurious, opulent, princely, sumptuous

    rich and superior in quality
    extravagant, lavish, lucullan, lush, plush, plushy

    characterized by extravagance and profusion
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    Antonyms:

    poor

    characterized by or indicating poverty
    beggarly, mean

    marked by poverty befitting a beggar
    slummy

    (of housing or residential areas) indicative of poverty
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  4. noun

    people who have possessions and wealth (considered as a group)

    “only the very
    rich benefit from this legislation”
    synonyms:
    rich people
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    Antonyms:

    poor, poor people

    people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)
    type of:

    people

    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

  5. adjective

    having an abundant supply of desirable qualities or substances (especially natural resources)

    “blessed with a land
    rich in minerals”
    rich in ideas”
    rich with cultural interest”
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    Antonyms:

    poor

    lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances
    resourceless

    lacking or deficient in natural resources
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  6. adjective

    affording an abundant supply

    “a
    rich supply”
    synonyms:
    ample, copious, plenteous, plentiful

    abundant

    present in great quantity
  7. adjective

    very productive

    rich seams of coal”
    Synonyms:

    productive

    producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly)
  8. adjective

    marked by great fruitfulness

    rich soil”
    synonyms:
    fat, fertile, productive

    fruitful

    productive or conducive to producing in abundance
  9. adjective

    high in mineral content; having a high proportion of fuel to air

    “”a
    rich vein of copper”, “a rich gas mixture”
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    Antonyms:

    lean

    lacking in mineral content or combustible material

  10. adjective

    marked by richness and fullness of flavor

    “a
    rich ruby port”
    synonyms:
    full-bodied, racy, robust

    tasty

    pleasing to the sense of taste
  11. adjective

    containing plenty of fat, or eggs, or sugar

    rich desserts”
    “they kept gorging on
    rich foods”
    Synonyms:

    unwholesome

    detrimental to physical or moral well-being
  12. adjective

    strong; intense

    “a
    rich red”
    synonyms:
    deep

    colorful, colourful

    having striking color
  13. adjective

    pleasantly full and mellow

    “a
    rich tenor voice”
    Synonyms:

    full

    (of sound) having marked deepness and body

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