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Definition magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive

Much more rarely, opulent can reference a rich abundance of something; or that someone is rich.
  • We were impressed by her opulent home.
opulent = magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
  • One sees the root of the French Revolution when looking at the excessive opulence of King Louis XVI's palace at Versailles.
  • had the appearance of a gentleman; and the arrangements of the house, and the general air of the housekeeping, indicated easy, and even opulent circumstances.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Her opulent throne
    Shakespeare, William  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Hagar believed she could spend her life there among the cut glass, shimmering in peaches and cream, in satin. In opulence.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • opulence = magnificence or luxury
  • It was Monterrey's oldest hotel, built before the Mexican Revolution; its opulence was reminiscent of the colonial period of great excesses.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • opulence = magnificence and luxury
  • This display of opulence was misleading, for though he did a fairly good business it was known that his easygoing habits and the demands of his large family frequently kept him what Starkfield called "behind."
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • opulence = luxury
  • Then I went back to hide in the frayed opulence of the old Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • opulence = magnificence or luxury
  • that opulent cathedral, a vast reservoir where the wealth of three centuries had been piled up.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • opulent = magnificent
  • The opulence of having a teacher for each grade made a deep impression on them.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • opulence = luxury
  • His companion, Mr. Shelby, had the appearance of a gentleman; and the arrangements of the house, and the general air of the housekeeping, indicated easy, and even opulent circumstances.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • opulent = wealthy (magnificent and luxurious)
  • Describing opulent wonders, he offered the family the use of one of the shah's former villas.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • opulent = magnificent and luxurious
  • "How grand you look, Randolph," he continued in a thin voice while studying his host and glancing around at the opulent suite.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • opulent = luxurious (usually expensive)
  • An opulent priest is a contradiction.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • opulent = rich appearing (magnificent and luxurious)
  • Lourdes wishes Ivanito were with her so she could point out the opulence—the nine-hole golf course, the landing dock for the seaplane, the Carrara marble floors.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • opulence = luxury
  • Many women who worked in their kitchens traded at our Store, and when they carried their finished laundry back to town they often set the big baskets down on our front porch to pull a singular piece from the starched collection and show either how graceful was their ironing hand or how rich and opulent was the property of their employers.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • opulent = magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
  • a last relic of the opulence of Largelady Park
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • opulence = magnificence or luxury
  • Demteri left us in the cheerfully opulent reception area, where the woman Gianna was still at her post behind the polished counter.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • opulent = luxurious (usually expensive)
  • Kohler was sickened by the opulence of the Hallway of the Belvedere.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • opulence = magnificent luxury
  • they brought a breath of opulence among the company.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
opulence = magnificence or luxury

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