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opulent

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adjective op·u·lent \-lənt\

Simple Definition of opulent

  • : very comfortable and expensive

  • : very wealthy

Full Definition of opulent

  1. :  exhibiting or characterized by opulence: as a :  having a large estate or property :  wealthy <hoping to marry an opulent widow> b :  amply or plentifully provided or fashioned often to the point of ostentation <living in opulent comfort>

op·u·lent·ly adverb

Examples of opulent

  1. <an opulent upper crust that liked to show off its possessions>

  2. <an opulent mansion filled with priceless art and antiques>



Origin of opulent

Latin opulentus, from ops power, help; akin to Latin opus work


First Known Use: 1523

Synonym Discussion of opulent

rich, wealthy, affluent, opulent mean having goods, property, and money in abundance. rich implies having more than enough to gratify normal needs or desires <became rich through shrewd investing>. wealthy stresses the possession of property and intrinsically valuable things <wealthy landowners>. affluent suggests prosperity and an increasing wealth <an affluent society>. opulent suggests lavish expenditure and display of great wealth, more often applying to things than people <an opulent mansion>.


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