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From Middle English richedom, from Old English rīċedōm (kingly rule, power, rule, dominion), from Proto-Germanic *rīkijadōmaz (power, wealth), equivalent to rich +‎ -dom. Cognate with Dutch rijkdom (wealth), German Reichtum (wealth), Swedish rikedom (wealth, richness), Icelandic ríkidómur (riches, power).


richdom (usually uncountable, plural richdoms)

  1. Wealth; riches; richness; prosperity.
    • 1879, Ferdinand von Mueller, The native plants of Victoria, succinctly defined:
      Free nature in her inexhaustible richdom of forms can never be fettered into the narrow bounds, which we may assign to any of our technic definitions.
    • 1888, Royal Society of New South Wales, Journal and proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales:
      [...] and therefore still more approaches in its richdom of tan-principle to the genuine Sumach-leaves of Rhus coriaria.
    • 1984, Wolfgang Schmittel, corporate design international:
      Taking into consideration the taming of all creative richdoms of ideas on the basis of our graphic guidelines, we graphic specialists still have enough freedom to sensibly handle all design tasks.
    • 2006, José María Magone, The new world architecture:
      In western Europe, the spirit of the bourgeois developed slowly towards a capitalist mentality. According to Werner Sombart, the bourgeois was a challenger of the nobility and used the accumulation of richdom to get access to the oligarchy of the different courts in Europe.