V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: having an abundant amount of money or possessions

Synonyms: rich, prosperous, wealthy, well-off

Antonyms: poor, destitute

Tips: Affluent is derived from the Latin flu ere, "to flow." Think of money flowing. The noun affluence means "wealth." Affluent is related to the adjective opulent. As affluent is rooted in the Latin verb "to flow," think of money flowing both in (making and earning money) and flowing out (spending money lavishly). An affluent neighborhood is a wealthy one. The related word opulent is used more to describe money going out: an opulent lifestyle, house, or any possession that looks and is expensive. Affluent is used more to describe people and lifestyle, while opulent is used more often to describe objects of wealth.

Usage Examples:

There will never be a revolution among the affluent; they are quite content with their lives as they are. (wealthy, well-off)

His affluence is a result of a large family inheritance, not hard work. (wealth, prosperity) noun

The young teacher preferred to work with inner-city students rather than to teach at a more affluent school. (wealthy, well-off)

The charitable organization urged citizens to donate by asserting that more affluent nations have a responsibility to help impoverished countries. (wealthy)

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