affluence

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French affluence, from Latin affluentia.

Only relation to antonym indigence is common Latinate suffix; affluence only acquired sense of wealth in 16th century English and French, while indigent meant “poor” in Latin.

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affluence (countable and uncountable, plural affluences)

  1. (obsolete) An abundant flow or supply.
  2. An abundance of wealth.
    His affluence was surpassed by no man.
  3. A moderate level of wealth.
    They had achieved affluence, but aspired to true wealth.
  4. An influx.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin affluentia.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /a.fly.ɑ̃s/
  • (file)

NounEdit

affluence f (plural affluences)

  1. crowds
  2. abundance

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