opulence

noun
op·​u·​lence | \ ˈä-pyə-lən(t)s How to pronounce opulence (audio) \

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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Every element of the production design serves a storytelling purpose; the wedding and its extraordinary opulence precipitates a brutal breaking point in Rachel’s relationship with Nick’s family. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Crazy Rich Asians Made Its Wedding-on-a-Budget Look Like $40 Million," 6 Sep. 2018 Like Dorothy stepping into Technicolor Oz, design has veered back into exuberance and opulence over the last few years. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 Dazzling jewels encrusted on clothes, chokers, tiaras, brooches, headgear, swords and daggers capture the opulence of the Rathores. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 The cathedrals’ opulence reflected not only far-off religious and military power, but also local wealth and social stratification. Jason Farago, New York Times, "How Latin America Was Built, Before Modernism Came Along," 18 Apr. 2018 Phoebe Waller-Bridge blossomed in Richard Quinn, while Chloë Sevigny, in Chanel Haute Couture, gave a nod to ’80s opulence. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of November 26, 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 In this context, Friday night’s event was one of utter, unapologetic opulence. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "At a Celeb-Filled 50th Anniversary Show, Ralph Lauren Was Back on Top, Doubters Be Damned," 10 Sep. 2018 That glittering opulence may have been an allusion to the story of King Solomon’s glass palace, but the appearance of al-Mu’tasim’s audience chamber also created a physical manifestation of the caliph’s power. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval artisans built a glass-walled palace in the desert," 31 Aug. 2018 LeBron is going to be absolutely dripping opulence at the podium. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "2018 NBA Finals: Warriors-Cavs IV Picks, Random Predictions and More," 31 May 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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