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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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Developers say the new building will bring a new level of opulence to Portland. oregonlive.com, "Betting on the Ritz: New downtown tower to offer record-breaking prices," 10 Aug. 2019 But the nails add an element of opulence that hint at adventurousness, verve, and excitement. Cate Young, Vox, "Claws is a love letter to the proud, strip mall–fabulous American woman," 2 Aug. 2019 The clothes had an air of French opulence meets typical Hedi Slimane punk. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Artist Darby Milbrath Collaborated With Celine on an Embroidered Bomber Jacket," 27 June 2019 The reservoir’s namesake would surely approve of the opulence. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Who is Clarence Geist and why did they name a reservoir after him?," 20 June 2019 From prominent jewels to multifunctional dresses and uniforms and elegant armor, the designs emphasize the power, opulence, innovation, and beauty of blackness as inspired by Africa. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Black Panther's Ruth E. Carter on Designing for the Revolution," 18 Feb. 2019 And for a touch of sheer glamorous opulence, head to Palazzo Papadopoli (now the Aman Hotel), and settle into the bar there, which is set in a golden frescoed ballroom—the stuff of Venetian fairytales. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Navigating Venice During the Film Festival," 28 Aug. 2018 While Europe has many royal summer palaces, a few are remarkable for their sheer size, over-the-top opulence, and the larger-than-life personalities who built them. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "European royalty's most over-the-top summer retreats, from Versailles to Neuschwanstein," 8 July 2019 Zeffirelli brought visual and emotional opulence to his opera and film productions alike. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Lavish Lens of Franco Zeffirelli," 20 June 2019

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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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