V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: excessive wealth or luxury
Synonyms: wealth, affluence, riches, richness, luxury, abundance, lavishness
Tips: Opulence and its adjective form opulent are sometimes used negatively to describe not only wealth and luxury, but too much of these things. For a memory trick, note that opulent sounds like "opal fence." Now consider how opulent an "opal fence" would be--a fence made of opal (rare expensive stone) would be the definition of opulence--wealth, luxury, and excess.
The King lives in opulence while many of his subjects suffer in poverty. (affluence)
The room was decorated lavishly and featured a large, opulent set of jewel-encrusted mirrors. (lavish, rich) adjective
Sometimes, a life of opulence is less fulfilling than one of hard work. (luxury, lavishness, richness)
Since my house is rather humble, I enjoy the opulence of staying in a luxury hotel while I'm on vacation. (luxury, lavishness)
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