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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n affluence abundant wealth "they studied forerunners of richness or poverty","the richness all around unsettled him for he had expected to find poverty"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Affluence A flowing to or towards; a concourse; an influx. "The affluence of young nobles from hence into Spain.""There is an unusual affluence of strangers this year."
    • Affluence An abundant supply, as of thought, words, feelings, etc.; profusion; also, abundance of property; wealth. "And old age of elegance, affluence, and ease."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n affluence A flowing to; a concourse; afflux.
    • n affluence Figuratively, an abundant supply, as of thoughts, words, etc.; a profusion, as of riches; hence, abundance of material goods; wealth.
    • n affluence Synonyms Wealth, Riches, etc. (see opulence); exuberance, profusion, overflow; fortune, prosperity, ample means. See list under abundance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Affluence abundance: wealth
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  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.”
  • Leonard Neal
    Leonard Neal
    “The growth of affluence, the growth of education, has led to a shortage of morons.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. affluence, L. affluentia, fr. affluens, p. pr. of affluere, to flow to; ad, + fluere, to flow. See Flux
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. affluĕre, affluent-emad, to, fluĕre, to flow.


In literature:

Queer, isn't it, how thin is the partition between affluence and a prison?
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
The prospect of getting ten made him feel like a man of affluence.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
Art as he had first dreamed of it, art had seemed not only a road to distinction but also to affluence.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
So long had the struggle lasted between affluence and misery, they could not understand a compromise.
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
They display no pride of learning, no affluence of imagination, no pomp of words.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
I looked down, cursing myself that I had dared to suspect she could burgeon only in the affluence of satins.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
No man born and bred to affluence could have acquired the keen insight into life that I possessed.
"Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas" by Charles James Lever
The contrast between affluence and misery may display itself too offensively!
"The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
A happier pair could not be found in the halls of affluence.
"The Burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania" by B. S. (Benjamin Shroder) Schneck
Never before had I seen so glorious a landscape, so boundless an affluence of sublime mountain beauty.
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir
What could break the fall from a position of affluence and power to a condition of penury and insignificance?
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
Behold me, Lady Mary Pratt, restoring the family to a condition of affluence.
"Jacob's Ladder" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
If he could rise to such affluence, why shouldn't Jim?
"Harper's Round Table, July 30, 1895" by Various
I have already told my reader that my youth was not passed in affluence.
"Sir Jasper Carew His Life and Experience" by Charles James Lever
And so we see here universal prosperity and affluence in our smiling country.
"The Iron Pincers" by Eugène Sue
It would never have occurred to me to say feudal, I admire your affluence.
"East Angels" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
She could sing him if not into affluence at least into ease.
"The Perfume of Eros: A Fifth Avenue Incident" by Edgar Saltus
With the ideas of affluence and grandeur he is apt to associate those of joy, pleasure, and happiness.
"Rambles in Womanland" by Max O'Rell
But I saw many poor, whom I had supposed to live in affluence.
"Shorter Novels, Eighteenth Century" by Samuel Johnson
Did affluence spoil you?
"The Actress' Daughter" by May Agnes Fleming

In poetry:

Diamond rings, potted roses, fox-skins
Ruddy on the wax mannequins
In a glassed tableau of affluence.
From deep-sunk basements
"Owl" by Sylvia Plath
Bind myrtle now about your brow,
And weave fair flowers in maiden tresses;
Appease god Pan, who, kind to man,
Our fleeting life with affluence blesses;
"In The Springtime" by Eugene Field
Bind myrtle now about your brow,
And weave fair flowers in maiden tresses--
Appease God Pan, who, kind to man,
Our fleeting life with affluence blesses.
"Horace I, 4." by Eugene Field
Not for him the lesson drawn
From the mountains smit with dawn,
Star-rise, moon-rise, flowers of May,
Sunset's purple bloom of day,--
Took his life no hue from thence,
Poor amid such affluence?
"The Grave" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Were you like the peacock, that elegant bird,
The sight of whose plumage her master may please,
I then should not wonder that you are preferred
To the yard, where in affluence you live at your ease.
"The Sparrow And The Hen" by Charles Lamb
Can eloquence from mortal tongue
Break through the barriers, which divide
The toiling and down-trodden throng
From affluence, and official pride?
Then how can yonder speaker hold
An audience so manifold?
"Echoes From Galilee." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

Marten Gilens's ' Affluence and Influence.
Four in 10 households in the county are single person, leaving Arlington with a relatively small share of residents whose affluence comes from two incomes, compared with Loudoun and Fairfax.
"We recognized that Asia's economic growth over the last decade had produced a new category of affluence that did not conform to the industry's narrow definition of what it means to be wealthy," he said.
Steve is author of three books on success and affluence in America, and holds a PhD in social psychology from Harvard University.
The Affluency column appears monthly on AdAgeStat.
A number of affluent American consumers are planning to cut back their holiday shopping this year and spend less in the fourth quarter, according to the American Affluence Research Center's Fall '09 survey.
Women of exceptional affluence are increasingly taking control of wealth management in their families, reflecting larger societal shifts.
In his 1958 bestseller The Affluent Society, Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith announced the arrival of a "great and unprecedented affluence " that had eradicated the historical "poverty of the masses.
Mark Elliott, Wonder As I Wander Convenience is the measure of our lives—the barometer of our affluence.
Born of Mexican-American pride and defiance, La Pachuca is back with her pinstriped eyebrows, thick red lipstick, platform shoes and a couple of new things -- affluence and self- esteem .
Equally important is what David Rodriguez, a multicultural manager for Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln and Mercury division, refers to as "the growth of affluence".
Kimberly Newport -Mimran says she's returning to her Pink Tartan roots with a collection she describes as "beatnik beauty" with a sense of affluence.
Faisal Shahzad lived on the downslope side of affluence in the small Connecticut hamlet of Shelton.
The word "affluence," comes from the Latin word "affluere," which means "to flow to.
" Affluence implies "to flow in abundance.