rich·​ly | \ˈrich-lē \

Definition of richly 

1 : in a rich manner

2 : in full measure : amply praise richly deserved

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Examples of richly in a Sentence

The room was richly decorated. They were richly rewarded for their efforts.

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Roma is at times quite funny, always in a way that builds out its world more richly (a recurring gag with a car that’s barely able to get into the driveway turns into something more substantial later in the film). Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma, from celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón, is one of the year’s best movies," 20 Nov. 2018 With its richly developed characters and beautiful, devastating prose, Jones’ masterpiece serves as a powerful statement on how an injustice punishes the whole family, not just the innocent man behind bars. Marie Claire, "These Are the Best Books of 2018, According to Our Editors," 15 Oct. 2018 But her new book The Witch Elm — a richly engrossing mystery, and her first novel that doesn’t take place within the Dublin Murder Squad series — is about systemic social power more broadly, about privilege. Constance Grady, Vox, "Crime novelist Tana French is at her creepy, thoughtful best with The Witch Elm," 12 Oct. 2018 Such twists and turns are further aspects of this carnival-like ballet that bring its 1900 world into our time, as richly rewarding as a mint-condition rare coin. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Harlequinade’ Review: Humor and History Take Center Stage," 6 June 2018 Kavanaugh, a bright, thoughtful and richly qualified candidate starts with the presumption that every Republican will sign on to his nomination, which probably means that four or five Democrats from red states will get aboard as well. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems face big loss, big opportunity with Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 The SoundSport Free pumps out audio that’s deep, robust, and as richly detailed as a nice pair of over-the-ear headphones. Outside Online, "The Best Portable Audio Gear of 2018," 15 May 2018 Adney's account of Dawson and environs during that peak summer of 1898 is richly detailed. Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘Klondike Stampede,’ the madness of the Gold Rush, told by one who lived it," 14 Apr. 2018 But a presidential aspirant with the courage to propose a mainstream solution to the immigration stalemate could be richly rewarded. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Americans Want an Immigration Deal," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of richly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for richly

Middle English richely, from Old English rīclīce, from rīce rich

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English Language Learners Definition of richly

: in a beautiful and expensive way

: in a pleasingly strong way

: in a generous way

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