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rich +‎ -ly


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɪt͡ʃli/
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richly (comparative richlier or more richly, superlative richliest or most richly)

  1. In a rich manner; full of flavor or expression.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, in The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.
  2. thoroughly
    a richly deserved comeuppance

Usage notes[edit]

Some adjectives commonly collocating with richly: deserved, rewarding