op·​u·​lence | \ˈä-pyə-lən(t)s \

Definition of opulence 

1 : wealth, affluence the opulence of prerevolutionary monarchs

2 : abundance, profusion an opulence of fruits

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Examples of opulence in a Sentence

in some parts of the city nearly unimaginable opulence can be found side by side with nearly unthinkable poverty

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But the concessions in terms of designer presence ultimately didn’t matter, because the opulence of Crazy Rich Asians is not there for its own sake. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Crazy Rich Asians Made Its Wedding-on-a-Budget Look Like $40 Million," 6 Sep. 2018 But when the theme is money, there's really only one way to go: opulence. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Cardi B Wore Diamonds in Her Hair, and Now I Want Diamonds in My Hair," 26 Oct. 2018 The Queen of Versailles documents what happened after Siegel’s business hit the skids, and shows the kind of opulence and downfall that surrounded the catastrophe. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "5 movies that explain what caused the financial crisis, and what happened after," 14 Sep. 2018 As to be expected, there’s a crazy rich amount of designer gowns, over-the-top moments, and an overall obscene display of opulence featured in Crazy Rich Asians. Andrea Cheng, Glamour, "The Best Part of the Crazy Rich Asians Fashion Is the Revival of the Getting-Dressed Montage," 17 Aug. 2018 From Royce’s painstaking opulence, Winchester pivots to the mass-production innovations of Henry Ford. Roma Agrawal, New York Times, "Under Modernity’s Hood: Precision Engineering," 14 May 2018 Today the seven-story structure is a monument to the designer's hallmark opulence. Charlotte Cowles, Harper's BAZAAR, "Architect of Dreams: Juan Pablo Molyneux," 27 Jan. 2015 Wealthy Chinese buyers seek out rich colors, flowing designs, and chrome accents that signify opulence. Hannah Elliott, Bloomberg.com, "It’s Easy to Make Mistakes With a 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante," 1 May 2018 Some tunes on Beyondless hit like Lust for Life-era Iggy Pop, infusing a surprisingly glamorous opulence into the ever-present grimy postpunk energy. Luca Cimarusti, Chicago Reader, "Copenhagen’s Iceage trades in its gloom to make an art-punk masterpiece with Beyondless," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of opulence

circa 1518, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for opulence

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin opulentia, from opulentus "abounding in resources, opulent" + -ia -ia entry 1

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