V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a lavish display of wealth or affluence; 2. abundant and plentiful

Synonyms: wealthy, lavish, expensive, luxurious, abundant, plentiful, lavish, bountiful

Antonyms: modest, meager

Tips: Opulent is derived from the Latin opulentus, “producing much.” Think of producing wealth and having many expensive and opulent assets. Opulent and its noun form opulence are sometimes used negatively to describe not only wealth and luxury, but too much of these things. Opulent is related to the adjective affluent. See affluent for a detailed analysis. For a memory trick, note how opulent looks like "opal spent." An opal is a rare gem that can be very expensive. So, if you spent money buying an opal necklace, some might describe your beautiful, expensive, opal necklace as opulent.

Usage Examples:

He lived an opulent lifestyle that was truly worthy of the show "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." (lavish, luxurious)

It was an opulent hotel with fine antique furniture, expensive paintings, and lavish décor throughout. (rich, expensive)

The famous real estate tycoon's penthouse was opulent, but tacky. (lavish, luxurious)

I want to stay away from interior design that is too opulent; I prefer more subtle designs and décor. (rich, lavish)

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