rich, wealthy, affluent, opulent mean having goods, property, and money in abundance. rich implies having more than enough to gratify normal needs or desires.
became rich through shrewd investing wealthy stresses the possession of property and intrinsically valuable things.
wealthy landownersaffluent suggests prosperity and an increasing wealth.
an affluent society opulent suggests lavish expenditure and display of great wealth, more often applying to things than people.
an opulent mansion
Examples of wealthy in a Sentence
He is a wealthy entrepreneur.
the wealthiest nations in the world
Recent Examples on the WebStill, research shows that these policies tend to disproportionately benefit higher income segments of the population, since wealthy people are more likely to own cars that need gas and to use more electricity.
Julia Horowitz, CNN, 20 Jan. 2022 The company’s Dubai hotel, which is located on its own island, was full with wealthy people from the Gulf region looking to escape contact with much of the outside world, Mr. Babin said.
Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 31 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, Isherwell and Orlean board a spaceship (with 2,000 other wealthy people) programmed to find the nearest inhabitable planet.
Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 25 Dec. 2021 Even the handful of privileged, wealthy people who manage to escape to another planet are immediately gobbled up by alien creatures.
Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2021 Using this approach — the Cowboy Cocktail — wealthy people can move money into the United States and invest and spend it with a level of anonymity found in few other tax havens.
Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2021 Mellon argued that wealthy people increasingly saw taxes as punitive and sought ways to avoid them.
Patricia Callahan, ProPublica, 15 Dec. 2021 And many wealthy people are looking at ranchland, which tends to hold its value over time, said JimTaylor, a partner with Hall and Hallone of the largest rural real estate agencies in the nation.
Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, 10 Dec. 2021 The package includes free preschool, new Medicare hearing benefits and steps to curb climate change, paid for largely with tax boosts on wealthy people and big corporations.
Alan Fram, ajc, 3 Dec. 2021
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