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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
Recent Examples on the Web Miss Akers inserted her magic touch by capturing an authentic image of Black luxury and opulence using several Black designers to complete the story. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 27 Aug. 2021 All this to say, rumors of the new Gossip Girl's lack of opulence, at least, have been greatly exaggerated. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 8 July 2021 The resort on The White Lotus appears to be the picture of opulence. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Home from 1959 to 2016 to Philip Johnson’s landmark Four Seasons Restaurant and its shimmering reflecting pool, the Seagram Building brought a subtle opulence to the often severe International style. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2021 The entire project embraced luxury and opulence, and the verses were utterly self-important. Sheldon Pearc, The New Yorker, 30 June 2021 The American Guides were unusual not only for their shaggy opulence and Americana maximalism, but also for their source of funding: the federal government. Scott Borchert, The Atlantic, 22 June 2021 Yet the glamor was still present in the opulence that each of the actresses brought to the event. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 The racing star isn't jaded by the opulence, instead presenting a sense of gratitude and humility. Amanda Davies And Sana Noor Haq, CNN, 14 July 2021

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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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The first known use of opulence was circa 1518

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“Opulence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opulence. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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