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1. Abundant wealth: "the impassable gulf that lies between riches and poverty" (Elizabeth Cady Stanton).
2. Valuable or precious possessions.

[Middle English richesse, wealth, from Old French, from riche, wealthy; see rich.]
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pl n
wealth; an abundance of money, valuable possessions, or property
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(ˈrɪtʃ ɪz)
abundant and valuable possessions; wealth.
[1175–1225; Middle English, pl. of Middle English riche wealth, power (Old English rīce power, rule)]
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  1. Appearance of wealth will draw wealth to it. As honey draws hungry flies —George Garrett
  2. Have money like sand —Louis MacNeice
  3. His bank account swelled like a puff ball —Christina Stead
  4. Inherited wealth is as certain death to ambition as cocaine is to morality —William K. Vanderbilt
  5. Like our other passions, the desire for riches is more sharpened by their use than by their lack —Michel de Montaigne
  6. A man that keeps riches but doesn’t enjoy them is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles —Thomas Fuller

    “Doesn’t enjoy them” has been modernized from “And enjoys them not.”

  7. More money than the telephone company’s got wrong numbers —Sam Hellman
  8. (The auction was attended by collectors with) pockets as deep as wells —Anon
  9. Property, like liberty, thought immune under the Constitution from destruction, is not immune from regulation essential for the common good —Benjamin Cardozo
  10. Prosperity is like a tender mother, but blind, who spoils her children —English proverb
  11. Prosperity is like perfume, it often makes the head ache —Duchess of Newcastle
  12. The rich are driven by wealth as beggars by the itch —W. B. Yeats
  13. Rich as a congressman —Carson McCullers
  14. Riches, like insects, when concealed they lie, wait but for wings, and in their season fly —Alexander Pope

    Pope spelled the fifth word “conceal’d.”

  15. The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality —Benjamin Franklin
  16. Wealth is an engine that can be used for power if you are an engineer; but to be tied to the flywheel of an engine is rather a misfortune —Elbert Hubbard
  17. Wealth is like a viper, which is harmless if a man knows how to take hold of it; but if he does not, it will twine round his hand and bite him —Saint Clement
  18. Wealth like rheumatism falls on the weakest parts —John Ray’s Proverbs
  19. Worldly riches are like nuts; many clothes are torn in getting them, many a tooth broke in cracking them, but never a belly filled with eating them —Ralph Venning
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.riches - an abundance of material possessions and resourcesriches - an abundance of material possessions and resources
material resource - assets in the form of material possessions
gold - great wealth; "Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold, and almost every vice--almighty gold"--Ben Jonson
hoarded wealth, treasure - accumulated wealth in the form of money or jewels etc.; "the pirates hid their treasure on a small island in the West Indies"
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plural noun
2. resources, stocks, stores, treasures Russia's vast natural riches
"The chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches" [Adam Smith Wealth of Nations]
"Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress" [Francis Bacon De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum]
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A great amount of accumulated money and precious possessions:
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[ˈrɪtʃɪz] NPLriqueza fsing
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[ˈrɪtʃɪz] nplricchezze fpl
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(ritʃ) adjective
1. wealthy; having a lot of money, possessions etc. a rich man/country.
2. (with in) having a lot (of something). This part of the country is rich in coal.
3. valuable. a rich reward; rich materials.
4. containing a lot of fat, eggs, spices etc. a rich sauce.
5. (of clothes, material etc) very beautiful and expensive.
ˈrichly adverb
ˈrichness noun
ˈriches noun plural
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References in classic literature ?
It is evident then that the getting of money is not the same thing as economy, for the business of the one is to furnish the means of the other to use them; and what art is there employed in the management of a family but economy, but whether this is a part of it, or something of a different species, is a doubt; for if it is the business of him who is to get money to find out how riches and possessions may be procured, and both these arise from various causes, we must first inquire whether the art of husbandry is part of money-getting or something different, and in general, whether the same is not true of every acquisition and every attention which relates to provision.
At this news I became almost beside myself with joy and greed, and I flung my arms round the neck of the dervish, exclaiming: "Good dervish, I see plainly that the riches of this world are nothing to you, therefore of what use is the knowledge of this treasure to you?
Therefore, if at great things thou wouldst arrive, Get riches first, get wealth, and treasure heap-- Not difficult, if thou hearken to me.
That contempt of riches which our Gascon had observed as an article of faith during the thirty-five first years of his life, had for a long time been considered by him as the first article of the code of bravery.
"You are both rich, my friends," said Ozma, gently; "and your riches are the only riches worth having -- the riches of content!"
Art thou not the voluntary beggar who once cast away great riches,--
I looked at all its riches, all its treasures, like a man on the eve of an eternal exile, who was leaving never to return.
There open fanes and gaping graves Yawn level with the luminous waves ; But not the riches there that lie In each idol's diamond eye - Not the gaily-jewelled dead Tempt the waters from their bed ; For no ripples curl, alas!
Such men rule orderly in their cities of fair women: great riches and wealth follow them: their sons exult with ever-fresh delight, and their daughters in flower-laden bands play and skip merrily over the soft flowers of the field.
On the other hand, to keep his servant honest the prince ought to study him, honouring him, enriching him, doing him kindnesses, sharing with him the honours and cares; and at the same time let him see that he cannot stand alone, so that many honours may not make him desire more, many riches make him wish for more, and that many cares may make him dread chances.
RICHES are for spending, and spending for honor and good actions.
To clear up which, I endeavoured to give some ideas of the desire of power and riches; of the terrible effects of lust, intemperance, malice, and envy.