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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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That’s all in the service of distinguishing it from luxury SUV segment leader Range Rover, whose offerings have grown increasingly grand in recent years but can’t touch the opulence of its rival from Goodwood. Jaclyn Trop, Fortune, "The Rolls-Royce Cullinan Is a Diamond Designed for Rough Terrain," 22 June 2019 The silhouette shares a normcore opulence with the Balenciaga Triple S trainers, which @preachersnsneakers spotted, a week earlier, on the praise-music singer Jake Hamilton. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019 And if this all wasn’t enough opulence for one evening, the house lights were lowered as guests were directed to look toward a transparent wall, where a fireworks display erupted in the adjacent fields. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Kate Moss and Natalie Portman Gathered at This Picturesque Château to Toast 150 Years of Moët & Chandon's Brut Impérial," 22 May 2019 Trump, who haltingly read a short commemorative prayer by FDR, had seemed much more comfortable two days earlier dining in opulence in Buckingham Palace — despite protests on the streets of London against his visit. Time, "Trump and May Can't Escape Shadow of Politics at Portsmouth's D-Day Ceremony," 5 June 2019 Since its installation required technical skill and lots of time, the material became a sign of opulence in grand houses. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Parquet Flooring: What Exactly Is it?," 15 Apr. 2019 The house built for her husband Winston Guest’s family, however, stands as a memorial to the opulence of a Gatsby lifestyle. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Live Like Jay Gatsby With a Weekend Visit to This Jazz Age Mansion in Nassau County," 24 July 2018 Marked by opulence, bold color, and luxurious materials, the Golden Age aesthetic exudes lavish living and favors a hefty budget. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "See the Dramatic Reveal from the Best Room Wins Series Premiere," 2 May 2019 The prosperous plant represented everlasting life, peace, and opulence, which was important because winter was a time when their sun god, Ra, was ill and weak, reports History.com. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?," 15 Nov. 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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