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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Yuma, meanwhile, has the highest urban jobless rate anywhere in the country at 17.1%, which partly reflects seasonal hiring in agriculture and lower affluence generally, said Lee McPheters, an economist at Arizona State University. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Ducey is cheerleader-in-chief for the state economy. Is his enthusiasm justified?," 15 July 2019 Nonetheless, his sudden affluence could create some political liabilities for Biden, who is trying to make his blue-collar, middle-class roots central to his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. Janet Hook, latimes.com, "Joe Biden earned $15 million since leaving office, tax returns show," 9 July 2019 That squeezed out a large portion of Hartford’s middle class, and the affluence that went along with it. Greg Bordonaro, courant.com, "Hartford’s stifling property taxes make it difficult for businesses to prosper — and remain in the city," 7 July 2019 As a native of Wisconsin, Daniel didn’t consider a yard and trees proof of affluence. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 And in turn, what the moviegoing audience attaches to affluence — moral value? Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ crazy rich success could mean more stories about less crazy rich Asian-American people.," 21 Dec. 2018 Growing up, Peters inhabited a particular New York City sphere of affluence, attending Chapin and then Yale. Jen Doll, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Has More Money Than You?," 12 Feb. 2019 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

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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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