richness as synonym of wealth

epistolario

Senior Member
Tagalog
Someone has used richness as a synonym of wealth like in the following examples:

His family's richness came from oil.
The Joneses told associates that their richness came from an inheritance from their great-grandfather.

But I would only use wealth in this context:

His family's wealth came from oil.
The Joneses told associates that their wealth came from an inheritance ....
 
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    I agree with you and Pete, epistolario.

    I would use "richness" in relation to colours or textures, not in relation to finance.
     

    wandle

    Senior Member
    English - British
    In the examples given, 'riches' (meaning 'wealth') would work well in place of 'richness', which is unidiomatic (though not incorrect).
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Yes, "riches" would work ... though I'm not sure it would work 'well'....
     
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