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opulence

[op-yuh-luh ns] /ˈɒp yə ləns/
noun
1.
wealth, riches, or affluence.
2.
abundance, as of resources or goods; plenty.
3.
the state of being opulent.
Also, opulency.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < Latin opulentia wealth. See opulent, -ence
Related forms
unopulence, noun
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  • Persons in poverty are rising to opulence, and persons of wealth are sinking to poverty.
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  • It epitomizes the opulence and grandeur that characterized the era.
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  • The confrontation of temperance versus opulence has been clearly defined by a strategic use of elemental objects.
  • The grandeur of the exterior is matched by the opulence and elegance of the interiors.
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  • Highly polished and a mellow gold in color, it imparts an exceptional effect of warmth and opulence.
Word Origin and History for opulence
n.

c.1510, from Middle French opulence (16c.), from Latin opulentia, from opulentus "wealthy," dissimilated from *op-en-ent-, related to ops "wealth, power, resources," opus "work, labor, exertion," from PIE root *op- "to work, produce in abundance" (see opus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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