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1 having goods, property, or money in abundance
  • you would have to be quite rich to be able to afford a home in that neighborhood

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2 containing much seasoning, fat, or sugar
  • stay away from rich foods before you sing tonight

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3 having an abundance of some characteristic quality (as flavor)
  • rich wines complemented the meal

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How is the word rich distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of rich are affluent, opulent, and wealthy. While all these words mean "having goods, property, and money in abundance," rich implies having more than enough to gratify normal needs or desires.

became rich through shrewd investing

When would affluent be a good substitute for rich?

The words affluent and rich can be used in similar contexts, but affluent suggests prosperity and an increasing wealth.

an affluent society

When might opulent be a better fit than rich?

The words opulent and rich are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, opulent suggests lavish expenditure and display of great wealth, more often applying to things than people.

an opulent mansion

When can wealthy be used instead of rich?

The meanings of wealthy and rich largely overlap; however, wealthy stresses the possession of property and intrinsically valuable things.

wealthy landowners

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The first known use of rich was before the 12th century

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“Rich.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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