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  1. the negative psychological or behavioral effects of having or pursuing wealth, as irresponsible acts and feelings of self-doubt or guilt.
  2. excessive materialism or desire for wealth, associated with negative effects: workaholics afflicted with affluenza.
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Origin of affluenza

1970–75; blend of affluence and influenza
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  1. the guilt or lack of motivation experienced by people who have made or inherited large amounts of moneyAlso called: sudden-wealth syndrome
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Word Origin for affluenza

C20: from aff (luent) + (in) fluenza
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