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.
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Riches do not consist in having more gold and silver, but in having more in proportion, than our neighbors.
Locke.
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2. That which appears rich, sumptuous, precious, or the like.
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The riche of heaven's pavement, trodden gold.
Milton.
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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.
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Against the richesses of this world shall they have misease of poverty.
Chaucer.
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In one hour so great riches is come to nought.
Rev. xviii. 17.
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And for that riches where is my deserving?
Shak.
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Syn. -- Wealth; opulence; affluence; wealthiness; richness; plenty; abundance.
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