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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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 But at least theoretically, the opulence and beauty of the papal vestments were in the service of a higher, more eternal idea, while the fashion embroidery is in the service of — what? Jason Farago, New York Times, "A Trinity of Opinions on the Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’," 20 May 2018 Seeing these stunning homes balancing such understated opulence in careful harmony with their natural surroundings gives me hope that home shows can do more than just gentrify small towns into free-range IKEA showrooms. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "Is it home envy, or something else?," 29 Apr. 2018 At least nine executives earn more than $140,000 a year. The SPLC’s opulence has drawn criticism for decades. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "These churches are "hate groups," a watchdog says. But what's really behind that label?," 24 Apr. 2018 The contrast between One Dalton’s opulence and the MidTown’s modest curb appeal is striking, defining two distinct eras of the city. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s retro-style MidTown Hotel may give way to development," 14 June 2018 This may come as a surprise to Versace patriots, who know that the fashion house is founded on excess and opulence. Leah Silverman, Town & Country, "Donatella Versace Just Revealed Versace Will Go Fur-Free," 15 Mar. 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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