Riches Rich"es, n. pl. [OE. richesse, F. richesse, from riche rich, of German origin. See {Rich},a.] 1. That which makes one rich; an abundance of land, goods, money, or other property; wealth; opulence; affluence. [1913 Webster]

Riches do not consist in having more gold and silver, but in having more in proportion, than our neighbors. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. That which appears rich, sumptuous, precious, or the like. [1913 Webster]

The riche of heaven's pavement, trodden gold. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Note: Richesse, the older form of this word, was in the singular number. The form riches, however, is plural in appearance, and has now come to be used as a plural. [1913 Webster]

Against the richesses of this world shall they have misease of poverty. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

In one hour so great riches is come to nought. --Rev. xviii. 17. [1913 Webster]

And for that riches where is my deserving? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Wealth; opulence; affluence; wealthiness; richness; plenty; abundance. [1913 Webster]

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