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[af-loo-uh ns or, often, uh-floo-] /ˈæf lu əns or, often, əˈflu-/
abundance of money, property, and other material goods; riches; wealth.
an abundant supply, as of thoughts or words; profusion.
a flowing to or toward; afflux.
Origin of affluence
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin affluentia, equivalent to af- af- + flu- flow + -entia -ence
Related forms
subaffluence, noun
superaffluence, noun
Can be confused
affluence, effluence, influence. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for affluence
  • Periods of affluence are followed by a yearning for the simple and primitive.
  • The leaders, the owners of plantations, were reduced from affluence to poverty.
  • Or perhaps, ironically, affluence has yielded an attitude of entitlement that has come to permeate student life.
  • The affluence of the last decades was not shared in a very equitable way .
  • Economists will have no difficulties connecting the phenomenon with the development of industry and the spread of affluence.
  • Despite his affluence, he chose to live very modestly.
  • We might comment on a person's home, noting items that imply affluence.
  • The comparative affluence of his new customers is obvious.
  • These feats of endurance make the difference between affluence and merely getting by.
  • These new levels of affluence are essentially a byproduct of globalization.
British Dictionary definitions for affluence


an abundant supply of money, goods, or property; wealth
(rare) abundance or profusion
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Word Origin and History for affluence

mid-14c., "a plentiful flowing, an abundance," from Old French affluence, from Latin affluentia "a flowing to," figuratively "affluence, abundance," noun of state from affluentem (nominative affluens) "flowing toward, abounding, rich, copious" (see affluent). Sense of "wealth" attested from c.1600, from notion of "a plentiful flow" (of the gifts of fortune).

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