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nouveau riche

Ostentation by the nouveau riche is never appealing.
Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  newly rich — usually used in an insulting manner
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...refers to a person who has acquired considerable wealth within his or her generation. This term is generally to emphasize that the individual was previously part of a lower socioeconomic rank, and that such wealth has provided the means for the acquisition of goods or luxuries that were previously unobtainable. The term can also be used in a derogatory fashion, for the purposes of social class distinction, to describe persons with newfound wealth and who are viewed as lacking the experience, finesse, or taste to use wealth in the same manner as old money - persons from families who have been wealthy for multiple generations.  (retrieved 9/25/08)
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  • Ostentation by the nouveau riche is never appealing.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • It’s a rented house right along the Mississippi River, a house that screams Suburban Nouveau Riche, the kind of place I aspired to as a kid from my split-level, shag-carpet side of town.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She replied that such wastefulness was certainly a mortal sin and that God would punish all of them for spending on nouveau riche vulgarities what they should be giving to the poor.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • It was the heyday of the nouveau riche, and a life of careless extravagance among the masters.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk

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  • She wondered whether he was an ostentatious nouveau riche.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • He had spent the go-go eighties hanging out with nouveau riche celebrities.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
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Associated words [difficulty]:   nouveau riche [8] , Monsieur [2] , adieu [3] , bonjour [5] , bon voyage [7] , coup de grace [7] , au contraire [8] , bon appétit [8] , de rigueur [8] , savoir-faire [9]
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