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
Recent Examples on the Web Visit the library, music room or billiard rooms and hear about the decor from the Gilded Age before slipping into the Grand Ballroom for a peek at its opulence. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, "Virtual community, entertainment events starting Sept. 20," 18 Sep. 2020 Visit the library, music room or billiard rooms and hear about the decor from the Gilded Age before slipping into the Grand Ballroom for a peek at its opulence. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, "Calendar: Virtual community, entertainment events beginning Sept. 9," 6 Sep. 2020 This should line up nicely with the BMW 7-series' Luxury Rear Seating package and the Audi A8's Executive Plus package, both of which offer similar levels of opulence in the back seat. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs. BMW and Audi's Flagship Sedans," 2 Sep. 2020 That said, the selection of sumptuous fabrics doesn’t always have to scream opulence. House Beautiful, "How to Add Texture to Your Home That’s Sexy and Practical," 31 Aug. 2020 Visit the library, music room or billiard rooms and hear about the decor from the Gilded Age before slipping into the Grand Ballroom for a peek at its opulence. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, "Virtual community, entertainment events starting Aug. 23," 21 Aug. 2020 Few world wonders capture the imagination like the Palace of Versailles, with its tales of intrigue and scandal set against sprawling opulence. National Geographic, "The mechanical wonder that powered Versailles’s fountains," 20 Aug. 2020 This Pack is stuffed with opulence, like elegant hairstyles, floor-length evening gowns, and black-tie tuxedos. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "These Are the Only Sims 4 Expansions and Add-Ons You Need," 16 Aug. 2020 Then visit the library, music room or billiard rooms and hear about the decor from the Gilded Age before slipping into the Grand Ballroom for a peek at its opulence. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, "Virtual community, entertainment events," 10 Aug. 2020

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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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21 Sep 2020

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“Opulence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opulence. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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