• WordNet 3.6
    • n opulence wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Opulence Wealth; riches; affluence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n opulence Wealth; riches; affluence.
    • n opulence Synonyms Opulence, Wealth, Riches, Affluence. All these words imply not only the possession of much property, but the possession of it under such circumstances that it can be and is enjoyed. They seem contrasted not only with theīr opposites, but with the possession of a moderate amount. Opulence is a dignified and strong word for wealth. Wealth and riches may mean the property possessed, and riches generally does mean it; the others do not. Affluence suggests the flow of wealth to one, and resulting free expenditure for objects of desire. There is little difference in the strength of the words.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Opulence means: riches: wealth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. opulentia,: cf. F. opulence,. See Opulent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. op-ulentus.


In literature:

In the opulent and highly advanced community, on the other hand, the reverse of all this takes place.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 341, March, 1844, Vol. 55" by Various
Alas for the rosy dreams of opulence!
"Our Foreigners" by Samuel P. Orth
The house bears no marks of decay, but seems the abode of ease and opulence.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Was not this the queen of the opulent Phrygians?
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
This and his clothes, and the large diamond ring that twinkled on his finger, proclaimed him a person of opulence.
"The Imaginary Marriage" by Henry St. John Cooper
It contributed largely to the opulence of his gestures.
"Out To Win" by Coningsby Dawson
There have been (and still the skeletons remain) princes once of great dignity, authority, and opulence.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The straw matting had Japanese figures on it, while a number of rugs covered the worn places, and gave it an opulent look.
"Polly Oliver's Problem" by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
He wore a fur-lined coat which looked opulent.
"'Doc.' Gordon" by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman
His cigar revolved wildly in the corner of his mouth; crystal beads burst out upon the opulent curve of his forehead.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
They look so opulent and luxurious.
"The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware" by Annie Fellows Johnston
William Vassall was an opulent West India proprietor.
"Great Epochs in American History, Vol. II" by Various
Then came the house of Luxembourg, possessing the wide-spread and opulent realms of Bohemia.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
There is a whole school of modern window glass distinguished by its opulence and its realism.
"Preaching and Paganism" by Albert Parker Fitch
Can it create opulence of soul in a sterile nature?
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
Nothing reveals the sculptural opulence of Italy like this apparent wastefulness.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XXVI., December, 1880." by Various
Even after all their borrowing from so many funds, they are still far from opulent.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Hence they began the richest and most opulent trade known.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIII, 1629-30" by Various
Rich provinces, opulent towns, all shall be at your disposal.
"The History of Napoleon Buonaparte" by John Gibson Lockhart
With what a fury of heroism and faith had this whole people flung itself upon the opulent mystery of the New World.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

In poetry:

Time was clothed in rippling fashion,.
Opulence of light and air,
Beauty changing into passion
Every hour and everywhere.
"Permanence" by Duncan Campbell Scott
One Saturday opulent Ollie
Thought he'd go for a ride on the trolley;
But his pennies were few,--
He only had two,--
So he went and made mud-pies with Polly.
"Opulent Ollie" by Carolyn Wells
Soft ease and silken opulence they spurned;
From sands of silver, and from emerald boughs
With golden ingots laden full, they turned
Like Pilgrims under vows.
"Arms And The Man - The New England Group" by James Barron Hope
Peopled by flocks of pigeons turbulent
a ruinous palace in the sunset flares.
Dim statues seem to stir, in its niches pent,
while peacocks trail adown the leaning stairs
their plumes too opulent.
"Elysian Landscape" by Clark Ashton Smith
Wake, poet! and retune your strings.
The earth now swarms with petty kings,
Seated on self—made thrones,
And altar—tables richly spread,
Where Roguery consecrates the bread,
And Opulence atones.
"At Shelley’s House At Lerici" by Alfred Austin
The summer takes its hue
From something opulent as fair in her,
And the bright heaven is brighter than it was;
Brighter and lovelier,
Arching its beautiful blue,
Serene and soft, as her sweet gaze, o'er us.
"Womanhood" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Restaurant R'evolution's John Folse, Rick Tramonto share opulent culinary stage.
A visit to the opulent Oahu estate of heiress Doris Duke.
Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney pivoted from talking up cheesy grits and catfish in Dixie to appearing at a sumptuous, fat-cat, four-star luncheon at the opulent Waldorf-Astoria in.
Go opulent or off track in Bahamas.
Add a Serial Murderer to 1893 Chicago's Opulent Overkill.
After purchasing her Bel Air mansion 12 years ago, actress Meg Ryan has been trying to get rid of it since October 2008, and RadarOnline.com has photos inside the opulent estate that she just can't sell.
The Titanic, the unsinkable ship that proved so tragically sinkable , has been an icon of opulence mired in mud for 85 years.
From London to Los Angeles, some homeowners are burying their most opulent spaces underground.
The history-steeped site of a once-opulent Chinese society house is for sale--any takers.
HELMUT ELSNER once enjoyed an opulent life.
80's Design: Wallowing in Opulence and Luxury.
Few additions to real estate offer the tranquility, formality and opulence the way water features do.
Paris Opera Ballet 'Bayadère' is awash in opulence.
The '07s are opulent and richly flavored.
A designer of startling diversity, Hervé Van der Straeten uses a variety of traditional techniques—and a few modern ones—to realize his breathtakingly opulent creations.

In science:

This cutoff demonstrates the signi ficant bias in the host galaxy source p opulation for Hubble-flow SN searches using known galaxies.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Also, we got to appreciate that the treasures which we may encounter on this voyage of discovery will be beautiful, rich, opulent.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
The termination of the accretion process defines the current unsolved frontier in studies of P opulation III star formation.
The First Sources of Light