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opulence (ˈɒpjʊləns) 



  1. extravagant or ostentatious luxury or wealth   ⇒ Visitors are often surprised by the opulence of the bank's offices.   ⇒ a land of opulence and plenty


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= abundance, richness, profusion, fullness, cornucopia, superabundance, copiousness, plenty,

opulent (ˈɒpjʊlənt Pronunciation for opulent



  1. having or indicating wealth
  2. abundant or plentiful

Derived Forms

ˈopulence, (rare) ˈopulency noun
ˈopulently adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin opulens, from opēs (pl) wealth

Example Sentences Including 'opulence'

Ceilings throughout the home are 3m high, adding a touch of opulence.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
Comfortable without attempting opulence , quiet and secure, its anonymity was somehow less impersonal than that of a hotel room.
In an age of shortages, it symbolised opulence ; in the era of existential quandary it stood for a bygone certitude.
India Today (2002)
In an atmosphere of mingled squalor and opulence , merchants of all nationalities provided plenty of stimulation for Poivre's convalescence.
Jack Turner SPICE: The History of a Temptation (2004)
In design, the Edwardian era was one of greater opulence , removed from the more austere influences of Victorian times.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Its sprawling homes, green lawns and opulence are reminiscent of similar housing estates on the Gold Coast.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
The blonde leather sofa and matching armchairs gave an air of opulence , even of luxury, with their soft cushions and buttoned backs.
Meek, M R D In Remembrance of Rose
`Don't carry on like that," she snapped at Sam, afraid that the opulence of the house would put him off.
Wood, Bari Doll's Eyes


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