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Richard1

[ri-shahrd; French ree-shar]
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noun
  1. Mau·rice [maw-rees; French moh-rees] /mɔˈris; French moʊˈris/, Rocket, 1921–2000, Canadian hockey player.

Richard2

[rich-erd]
noun
  1. a male given name.

Richard I

noun
  1. Richard the Lion-HeartedRichard Coeur de Lion, 1157–99, king of England 1189–99.

Richard II

noun
  1. 1367–1400, king of England 1377–99 (successor to and grandson of Edward III; son of Edward, Prince of Wales).
  2. (italics) a drama (1595?) by Shakespeare.

Richard III

noun
  1. Duke of Gloucester, 1452–85, king of England 1483–85.
  2. (italics) a drama (1592–93?) by Shakespeare.
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  • And from this scene to the end of the play Shakespeare enlists all our sympathy for Richard.

  • Like Hamlet, too, this Richard is quick to suspect even his friends' loyalty.

  • In the next scene Richard meets his foes, and at first plays the king.

  • At least to this extent, then, Shakespeare used Marlowe in depicting Richard's character.

  • This Richard of Shakespeare is so far, I submit, almost incomprehensible.


British Dictionary definitions for richard

Richard

noun
  1. Sir Cliff, real name Harry Rodger Webb . born 1940, British pop singer. Film musicals include The Young Ones (1961) and Summer Holiday (1962)
  2. Maurice, known as Rocket . (1921–2000); Canadian ice hockey player

Richard I

noun
  1. nicknamed Coeur de Lion or the Lion-Heart . 1157–99, king of England (1189–99); a leader of the third crusade (joining it in 1191). On his way home, he was captured in Austria (1192) and held to ransom. After a brief return to England, where he was crowned again (1194), he spent the rest of his life in France

Richard II

noun
  1. 1367–1400, king of England (1377–99), whose reign was troubled by popular discontent and baronial opposition. He was forced to abdicate in favour of Henry Bolingbroke, who became Henry IV

Richard III

noun
  1. 1452–85, king of England (1483–85), notorious as the suspected murderer of his two young nephews in the Tower of London. He proved an able administrator until his brief reign was ended by his death at the hands of Henry Tudor (later Henry VII) at the battle of Bosworth Field
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Word Origin and History for richard

Richard

masc. proper name, Middle English Rycharde, from Old French Richard, from Old High German Ricohard "strong in rule," from Proto-Germanic *rik- "ruler" (see rich) + *harthu "hard," from PIE *kar-o- (see hard). "One of the most popular names introduced by the Normans. Usually Latinized as Ricardus, the common form was Ricard, whence the pet form Rick, etc." ["Dictionary of English Surnames"]

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