affluence

noun
af·​flu·​ence | \ ˈa-(ˌ)flü-ən(t)s How to pronounce affluence (audio) also a-ˈflü- How to pronounce affluence (audio) or ə-\

Definition of affluence

1a : abundance of property : wealth rose from poverty to affluence
b : an abundant flow or supply : profusion … to attain that breadth and height, that wealth of muscle, that affluence of flesh.— Charlotte Brontë
2 : a flowing to or toward a point : influx

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Synonyms & Antonyms for affluence

Synonyms

flux, income, inflow, influx, inpouring, inrush

Antonyms

outflow, outpouring

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What is the origin of affluence?

Affluence comes from the Latin verb affluere, "to flow abundantly". Thus, someone or something blessed with affluence has received an incoming flood of riches. Since the affluent residents of suburbs often work in the central city but pay taxes back home, the wealth of some metropolitan areas tends to flow in one direction—out.

Examples of affluence in a Sentence

this affluence of new students is straining an already crowded school system

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Meanwhile Europe, the first continent to industrialize, was the first to experience the decline in birthrates associated with urbanization and affluence. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Incredible Shrinking Europe," 11 Feb. 2019 Or is extreme affluence a sort of benign virus that can only hollow out the diverse life of a city. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Another ‘Manhattan moment’: Seattle’s new $19,265-a-month apartment," 13 July 2018 Ironically, the film’s success is linked to one of the most common criticisms waged against it: that the movie uses affluence to sell its diversity. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ crazy rich success could mean more stories about less crazy rich Asian-American people.," 21 Dec. 2018 Here is a world that Mr. Ramaphosa knows keenly, having achieved extraordinary affluence by running South African companies with interests in mining, banking, real estate and telecommunications. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "South Africa Sees Fresh Start for Economy, With the Same Challenges," 15 Feb. 2018 No school district is exempt No district is exempt from the fallout of lockdowns, regardless of demographics or affluence, location or security. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 In movies, most often adaptations, affluence and luxury have been a way for Hollywood to make something esoteric or niche appeal to more mainstream audiences. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ crazy rich success could mean more stories about less crazy rich Asian-American people.," 21 Dec. 2018 The truth is that affluence, education, geography and other things say far more about the distribution of votes than does race. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "St. Beto and the August altar call," 30 Aug. 2018 Mr Netanyahu’s popular support is based largely on Israel’s economic affluence. The Economist, "Binyamin Netanyahu’s unofficial history," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of affluence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for affluence

Middle English, "abundance, profusion," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin affluentia, noun derivative of affluent-, affluens affluent entry 1 — more at -ence

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affluence

noun
af·​flu·​ence | \ ˈa-ˌflü-əns How to pronounce affluence (audio) \

Kids Definition of affluence

: the state of having much money and expensive things : wealth

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