Definitions

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  • n. sovereignty, dominion, authority
  • n. The territory over which authority extends, a kingdom, an earldom, a diocese, district, city, and so forth.
  • v. Eye dialect spelling of like.

Etymologies

From Middle English rike, see below; cognate with German Reich, Swedish rike ("kingdom, realm, land, empire, country"). (Wiktionary)
From the Eye dialect spelling of like. as a result of the difficulty of pronouncing the letter 'L' in many oriental languages. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I think a lot of people use the German pronunciation "rike," but my ancestors were Austrian.

    The Work of Nations

  • Azn cat (siamese cat "me no rike remonade") Kari: this is the most controversial.

    APAture Live

  • And he had a sense of humor, too, as is vividly displayed in his treatments of two M ö rike poems: "Zur Warnung" ("As a Warning"), about the effects of a hangover, and "Abschied" ("Leave-Taking"), a decidedly joyous depiction of a critic tumbling down stairs.

    A Lifetime Dedicated to Dear Lieder

  • Despite dying of syphilis shortly before he turned 43, in 1903, Wolf composed some 300 songs, the best of them settings of poems by the German writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Joseph von Eichendorff and Eduard M ö rike.

    A Lifetime Dedicated to Dear Lieder

  • Here come beautifur brond rady built rike the Great Wall of Chi-na.

    Evening Commercial Break: Ancient Chinese Secret – The Bleat.

  • U.S. Navy WINNER: Mr. Gates said funding for the F-35 Lightning, or Joint S.rike Fighter, will be increased in 2010 to $11.2 billion, which will now buy 30 jets, up from 14.

    Shifting Defense Priorities

  • Imagine the future of our public schools in such a scenario: while a substantial proportion of Evergreen State teens may finally be able to pass the math section of the WASL, they will lose the ability to differentiate between the letters "l" and "r", as they lush, remming-rike, to erect Lon Sims.

    Sound Politics: Shapley's Audition

  • After U.S. Military S.rike WAS.INGTON -- Damascus largely froze high-level diplomatic efforts with the U.S. after an American strike inside the country, a move that threatens support for broader peace initiatives in the Middle East.

    Syria Halts Diplomacy

  • September 29, 2007 at 6:24 am to ben, you must truly live a sad and pathetic life to go surfing the net just to find ‘rike remonade.’ your tirade to try and end racism is not much better than the people who watch disney movies looking for more penises and sex words, or the people who listen to music and the movies to see if they synchronize at any point… in short

    me no rike remonade - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • Take a look at our most controversial post “me no rike remonade”.

    IT’S A TRAP! - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

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  • Unlike many words in Uncleftish Beholding (cleverly done), the word rike IS a standing English word and not made up.

    For al þis rike A ded knyght wald I noght strike. — Seven Sages, a1425
    The bishop (Tunstal) of Durham was deprived of his bishop-rike. —Literary Remains of King Edward the Sixth, 1857

    January 27, 2012

  • There's a flavor of "Uncleftish Beholding" to these recent posts by AnWulf.

    http://groups.google.com/group/alt.language.artificial/msg/69250bac6c7cbaff?pli=1

    November 6, 2011

  • If there were a third definition, (c), I suppose the spelling would have to change to "reich".

    November 6, 2011

  • rike - (ME rike, OE ríce, ) - (a) Sovereignty, dominion, authority; fongen (taken) to ~, to ascend the throne, take up royal power; (b) the territory over which authority extends, a kingdom, an earldom, a diocese, district, city, etc.

    riken - to reign, to rule

    OE ríce I. strong, powerful, great, mighty, of high rank, 
    II. n. rule, reign, power, might, authority, empire, 
    fón tó ríce to ascend the throne: kingdom, nation, diocese, reign (period of time). Se sunu feng to þam rice (The son ascended the throne.)
    rícedom n. kingly rule
    ríceter, rícetere n. force, might, power, rule, dominion, glory, greatness; ambition; tyranny, oppression, violence.
    ríclic sumptuous, adv. -líce (like) powerfully; sumptuously, (rikely)
    rícsere m. ruler (riker)
    rícsian to bear rule, reign, govern, tyrannize, dominate, prevail. (to rike)
    rícsiend m. ruler
rícsung f. domination

    November 6, 2011