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[op-yuh-luh ns]
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  1. wealth, riches, or affluence.
  2. abundance, as of resources or goods; plenty.
  3. the state of being opulent.
Sometimes op·u·len·cy.

Origin of opulence

First recorded in 1500–10, opulence is from the Latin word opulentia wealth. See opulent, -ence
Related formsun·op·u·lence, noun
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Word Origin and History for opulence


c.1510, from Middle French opulence (16c.), from Latin opulentia, from opulentus "wealthy," dissimilated from *op-en-ent-, related to ops "wealth, power, resources," opus "work, labor, exertion," from PIE root *op- "to work, produce in abundance" (see opus).

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