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  • Demteri left us in the cheerfully opulent reception area, where the woman Gianna was still at her post behind the polished counter.   (source)
    opulent = luxurious (usually expensive)
  • The opulence of having a teacher for each grade made a deep impression on them.   (source)
    opulence = luxury
  • —the architecture a little curious, a little femininely flamboyant and therefore to Henry opulent, sensuous, sinful; the inference of great and easy wealth measured by steamboat loads in place of a tedious inching of sweating human figures across cotton fields;   (source)
    opulent = magnificent and luxurious
  • a last relic of the opulence of Largelady Park   (source)
    opulence = magnificence or luxury
  • this suggestion of opulence.   (source)
  • Boots which extended halfway up his calves, and which were trimmed at the tops with rich brown fur, completed the impression of barbaric opulence which was suggested by his whole appearance.   (source)
  • A nickel-plated cash register occupied a position in the exact centre of the general effect. The elementary senses of it all seemed to be opulence and geometrical accuracy.   (source)
  • A prevalent feature in these compositions was ... a wasteful and opulent gush of "fine language";   (source)
    opulent = magnificent
  • An opulent priest is a contradiction.   (source)
    opulent = rich appearing (magnificent and luxurious)
  • ...nowhere in all America will you find ... parks and gardens more opulent, than in New Bedford.   (source)
    opulent = magnificent and luxurious
  • 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.   (source)
    opulent = wealthy (magnificent and luxurious)
  • On all sides he beheld vast store of apples; some hanging in oppressive opulence on the trees;   (source)
    opulence = magnificence
  • Compared to the usual, it's pretty opulent.†   (source)
  • He was dressed opulently even for a god, robed in indigos and purples, every inch heavy with embroidered gold.†   (source)
  • Despite its beauty, a Maryland couple recently purchased the mansion for $225,000, or about half of what a decent multi-room apartment sets you back in Washington, D.C. Located quite literally on Main Street, the Sorg Mansion is just up the road from a number of opulent homes that housed Middletown's wealthy in their heyday.†   (source)
  • He pauses, shocked by the opulence before him.†   (source)
  • He became increasingly nervous as he crossed the clothing department with its opulent stucco ceiling.†   (source)
  • The palace was kind of like an opulent maze.†   (source)
  • The double doors at the end of the center hall were open to the courtyard, giving a view all the way through the house to the opulent greenery of the courtyard garden.†   (source)
  • Compared to the bleakness outside those windows, the opulence felt like a slap to the face.†   (source)
  • Unlike the historic opulence of the hall, the cafeteria is sleek and modern.†   (source)
  • But I found a solace in the massive, opulent, pre-war gloom, which was easy to retreat into if you didn't feel like talking or being stared at.†   (source)
  • In order to commute more efficiently between their opulent Connecticut manor and an art-filled apartment on Central Park West staffed with uniformed servants, she and her husband bought a helicopter and learned to fly it.†   (source)
  • The man loved the opulence of the ship, just as he loved Pullman Palace cars and giant fireplaces, but his foot problem tempered his enjoyment.†   (source)
  • It was like seeing the grimy engine beneath the car's gleaming exterior: Suddenly she could see how all the glitter and elegance, all the excess and opulence, had been built on the backs of workers like Bella and Yetta, workers calling out for justice.†   (source)
  • Suddenly the skyblue Plymouth looked absurdly opulent on the narrow, pitted road.†   (source)
  • "I can't believe it," I say, and I feel opulent and a little giddy.†   (source)
  • Florentino Ariza always associated that scandalous event with the memory of an opulent stranger who sat beside him.†   (source)
  • The old Mentat looked down at the table between him and the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, noting the opulence of its grain.†   (source)
  • But even now the city's freewheeling virtual world stood in stark contrast to the day-to-day lives of most people, to those of young men, and especially of young women, and above all of children who went to sleep unfed but could see on some small screen people in foreign lands preparing and consuming and even conducting food fights with feasts of such opulence that the very fact of their existence boggled the mind.†   (source)
  • Fadawar's men were garbed in the same fashion, although less opulently.†   (source)
  • The thought of the Oriental opulence which overtook Yves each time he bathed caused Eric to smile.†   (source)
  • All had the same rich, opulent smell as Cowslip.†   (source)
  • He stepped with an independent stride that was almost a swagger, and already felt himself a successful man; but that one of the tribe of borrowing Passmores should presume to such opulence of charm struck him as well-nigh impudent.†   (source)
  • She twitched her lip at me to remind me that she felt she had a responsibility to be opulent if she couldn't be beautiful.†   (source)
  • I was standing in the entry courtyard of an opulent town house, the kind you might see on Beacon Hill—eight stories of imposing white limestone and gray marble jutting into the winter sky.†   (source)
  • He was sitting next to Randy and had noted him looking around in wide-eyed astonishment at the opulent surroundings.†   (source)
  • Franklin Borough had grown so confident of its unending prosperity that it built a new municipal building, so opulent in its gleaming white brick that it was nicknamed the Taj Mahal.†   (source)
  • It was huge, opulent, with lavish decor.†   (source)
  • She was no longer the opulent woman he had left years ago.†   (source)
  • Now that his secret was out, Milo relaxed with Yossarian and Orr and inflated opulently with a vast, shy pride.†   (source)
  • We walk along an opulent corridor in complete silence—then the porter swings open a door and ushers us into a spectacularly beautiful room, furnished with a big double bed and plushy chairs.†   (source)
  • Adams had never beheld such opulence—no American had—the exquisite dress, the diamonds on display, the bright rouge worn by the women, the time and money devoted to the elaborate coiffures of women and men alike.†   (source)
  • Silhouetted against the trees, it was a timeless image, the white columns along the porch lending the home an almost opulent air.†   (source)
  • He also understands that his wife is drawn to the Christina's opulence and to the vast wealth of Aristotle Onassis.†   (source)
  • A guard on the football team, Cain was a native of Richmond, Virginia, and carried with him all the opulent aromas of Tidewater gentry gone to seed.†   (source)
  • In one sliver of the prism, Mae sits at a table crowded with an opulent feast.†   (source)
  • New apartment towers, white and balconied, rose from the dunes and cliff tops along the edge of the Mediterranean, conferring upon the city an outward air of Rivieran opulence.†   (source)
  • So, partly as a result of having internalized these attitudes through growing up with them, and partly as a result of growing a skin to protect myself against them, I went for years half-avoiding and half- resisting the opulence and extensiveness of poets as different as Wallace Stevens and Rainer Maria Rilke; crediting insufficiently the crystalline inwardness of Emily Dickinson, all those forked lightnings and fissures of association; and missing the visionary strangeness of Eliot.†   (source)
  • He leaned back in his leather chair, his bossy stomach opulent.†   (source)
  • Even in this hideous hodgepodge, though, the phonograph somehow stood out, a fake antique itself in opulent cherrywood.†   (source)
  • An opulence of story books covered my bed; it was the "Land of Counterpane."†   (source)
  • If we were related, did that mean that perhaps I enjoyed somewhat of opulence, also?†   (source)
  • Kohler was sickened by the opulence of the Hallway of the Belvedere.   (source)
    opulence = magnificent luxury
  • Her opulent throne   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
  • One sees the root of the French Revolution when looking at the excessive opulence of King Louis XVI's palace at Versailles.
  • they brought a breath of opulence among the company.   (source)
    opulence = magnificence or luxury
  • that opulent cathedral, a vast reservoir where the wealth of three centuries had been piled up.   (source)
    opulent = magnificent
  • 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."   (source)
    opulence = luxury
  • Each of these pretty homes had a garden in front fenced with white palings and opulently stocked with hollyhocks, marigolds, touch-me-nots, prince's-feathers, and other old-fashioned flowers;   (source)
    opulently = magnificently
  • The wine, food, everything had to be opulent.†   (source)
  • Saunière gazed up at the walls of his opulent prison.†   (source)
  • Sometimes she brings him cigarettes, handfuls of them — largesse, opulence.†   (source)
  • The effect was one of indescribable opulence.†   (source)
  • It would be a shame not to flaunt her newly slim figure in the privacy of her opulent surroundings.†   (source)
  • "Valuable?" asked the capo supremo rhetorically in his opulent living room in Brooklyn Heights.†   (source)
  • The opulent mansion before her had a wrought-iron security fence, electronic cameras, and lush grounds.†   (source)
  • We were having dinner in the dining room for a change, sitting together at the far end of the table, long enough to seat twelve, silver ewers and ornaments stretching off into opulent darkness.†   (source)
  • Even in the dim, after-hours lighting, the library's great hall shone with the classical grandeur of an opulent European palace.†   (source)
  • The result was an opulent structure that, for the moment, was the biggest private building in America.†   (source)
  • The room itself had rows of large square pillars, a tessellated ceiling, a line of chandeliers, each with a tassel at the bottom end: a congealed opulence.†   (source)
  • Opulence and splendor, breezy corridors that swept into something like eternity and each room with its different colored door.†   (source)
  • The walls glowed with a warm, dull haze of opulence, a generic mellowness of antiquity; but then it all broke apart into clarity and color and pure Northern light, portraits, interiors, still lifes, some tiny, others majestic: ladies with husbands, ladies with lapdogs, lonely beauties in embroidered gowns and splendid, solitary merchants in jewels and furs.†   (source)
  • The house-or rather, mansion-was set on the west side of Teirm, close to the citadel, among scores of other opulent buildings embellished with fine scrollwork, wrought-iron gates, statues, and gushing fountains.†   (source)
  • All they had to do was abolish guilt, and add an s. I turn a corner, onto a side street, a double row of expensive boutiques: hand knits and French maternity outfits and ribbon-covered soaps, imported tobaccos, opulent restaurants where the wineglasses are thin-stemmed and they sell you location and overhead.†   (source)
  • David looked around at the opulent lobby, which in a sense started outside in the immense circular courtyard with its sprays of tall, gushing fountains and extended through the bank of elegant glass doors and across the marble floor to a semicircle of enormously high tinted windows that looked out over Victoria Harbour.†   (source)
  • Much of the legendary opulence had been stripped away by Khomeini's marauding revolutionaries, and some of what was left had been smashed to bits.†   (source)
  • Even now, stripped of their opulence, crowded into two-bedroom apartments in Hialeah and Little Havana, the Puente women clung to their rituals as they did their engraved silverware, succumbing to a cloying nostalgia.†   (source)
  • And it is the unappeasable pursuit of this note, a note tuned to its most extreme in Emily Dickinson and Paul Celan and orchestrated to its most opulent in John Keats, it is this which keeps the poet's ear straining to hear the totally persuasive voice behind all the other informing voices.†   (source)
  • The most crudely touched-up photographs were circulated, depicting him dressed as Bacchus with a garland of grapes around his head, cavorting with opulent matrons and athletes of his own sex in a perpetual orgy.†   (source)
  • A chandelier, the most famous in South Carolina, hung like a brilliant crystal stalactite from the ceiling, and the smell of furniture polish gave a permanent, opulent odor to the room, a perfume of endurance and nostalgia.†   (source)
  • 34 THANKSGIVING It was actually all Sergeant Knight's fault that Yossarian busted Nately in the nose on Thanksgiving Day, after everyone in the squadron had given humble thanks to Milo for providing the fantastically opulent meal on which the officers and enlisted men had gorged themselves insatiably all afternoon and for dispensing like inexhaustible largess the unopened bottles of cheap whiskey he handed out unsparingly to every man who asked.†   (source)
  • She did not hesitate as she recalled Lope de Aguirre's search for El Dorado, or the unpronounceable names of the flora and fauna her extraordinary uncle had seen; she knew about the lamas who take salt tea with yak lard and she could give detailed descriptions of the opulent women of Tahiti, the rice fields of China, or the white prairies of the North, where the eternal ice kills animals and men who lose their way, turning them to stone in seconds.†   (source)
  • The opulent apartment on the busy Sadovaya was one among many in an aged stone building that, like the Metropole, reflected the grand architectural excesses of the old Russian Empire.†   (source)
  • The last time the First Lady was on board the 325-foot-long Christina, which is renowned for such opulent features as solid-gold faucets, was almost ten years ago, as a guest with JFK.†   (source)
  • All the strict and opulent criteria of taste that had once brought pleasure to the wealthiest merchants of Charleston could be studied at leisure once you crossed the threshold of Twenty-Five East Bay Street.†   (source)
  • Across the Atlantic Ocean, in an opulent apartment in Brooklyn Heights with the lights of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge seductively pulsating beyond the windows, a capo supremo lounged in an overstuffed couch, a glass of Perrier in his hand.†   (source)
  • …who are born for the greatness of a single love, for exaggerated hatred, for apocalyptic vengeance, and for the most sublime forms of heroism, but she was unable to shape her fate to the dimensions of her amorous vocation, so it was lived out as something flat and gray trapped between her mother's sickroom walls, wretched tenements, and the tortured confessions with which this large, opulent, hot-blooded woman—made for maternity, abundance, action, and ardor—was consuming herself.†   (source)
  • There was so much to eat, such variety and abundance, that each time her breath stopped, her eyes actually filmed over with emotion, and with slow and elaborate gravity she would choose from this sourly fragrant, opulent, heroic squander of food: a pickled egg here, there a slice of salami, half a loaf of pumpernickel, lusciously glazed and black.†   (source)
  • To his thinking, he explained, "black" conveyed a hint of elegance and opulence.†   (source)
  • Therefore stand up and win glory; conquer your enemies and enjoy an opulent kingdom.†   (source)
  • Sometimes his sisters, sometimes Eliza, sometimes the boys pulled him through the milling jungle of noise and figures, past the rich opulence and variety of the life of the Fair.†   (source)
  • He too was dressed in a tuxedo, wore it on his enormous trunk to be equal to the opulence Simon had invited him to see.†   (source)
  • Louis, now so opulent, goes to his attic window among the blistered roofs and gazes where she has vanished, but must sit down in his office among the typewriters and the telephone and work it all out for our instruction, for our regeneration, and the reform of an unborn world.†   (source)
  • Day by day beneath the opulence of this city Wang Lung lived in the foundations of poverty upon which it was laid.†   (source)
  • The world lay before him for his picking—full of opulent cities, golden vintages, glorious triumphs, lovely women, full of a thousand unmet and magnificent possibilities.†   (source)
  • It was at this time that he began to invite the parties of men of which Miss Goldfield told Quentin, out to Sutpen's Hundred to camp in blankets in the naked rooms of his embryonic formal opulence; they hunted, and at night played cards and drank, and on occasion he doubtless pitted his negroes against one another and perhaps even at this time participated now and then himself—that spectacle which, according to Miss Coldfield, his son was unable to bear the sight of while his daughter…†   (source)
  • "This is my brother," he said as if bidding them to look at me in the opulent gray flannel and button-down collar.†   (source)
  • Clinging thus to the outskirts of the great, sprawling, opulent city it seemed that at least there could not be any lack of food.†   (source)
  • Hill-haunted, whose vision of the earth was mountain-walled, he saw the golden cities sicken in his eye, the opulent dark splendors turn to dingy gray.†   (source)
  • Furthermore, there was something Pompeian that I minded about the job--the opulence for dogs, and then their ways that reflected civilized mentality, spoiled temperaments of favorites, mirrors of neuroticism.†   (source)
  • Her companions now were livelier, if somewhat more vulgar, young women—Grace Deshaye, a plumber's daughter, an opulent blonde; Pearl Hines, daughter of a Baptist saddlemaker: she was heavy of body and face, but she had a powerful rag-time singing voice.†   (source)
  • He was pleased at first by my willingness and fluency and spoon-lickery and obliging and niceness that continued while I moved before the regard of the Magnuses and made the most that could be made of the appeal of their seductions--all that opulence, the strength of cars in the great rout of cars in the cold-lit darkness of the North Side Drive, and that mobile heraldry on soft tires rushing toward the floating balls and moons of the Drake Hotel and the towers around it; the thick…†   (source)
  • He wanted opulent solitude.†   (source)
  • And in that year, too, Eliza, big with the last child she would ever have, went over the final hedge of terror and desperation and, in the opulent darkness of the summer night, as she lay flat in her bed with her hands upon her swollen belly, she began to design her life for the years when she would cease to be a mother.†   (source)
  • He prowled through the empty campus at midnight under the great moons of the late rich Spring; he breathed the thousand rich odors of tree and grass and flower, of the opulent and seductive South; and he felt a delicious sadness when he thought of his departure, and saw there in the moon the thousand phantom shapes of the boys he had known who would come no more.†   (source)
  • One day when the opulent Southern Spring had richly unfolded, when the spongy black earth of the yard was covered with sudden, tender grass, and wet blossoms, the great cherry tree seethed slowly with a massive gem of amber sap, and the cherries hung ripening in prodigal clusters, Gant took him from his basket in the sun on the high front porch, and went with him around the house by the lily bed, taking him back under trees singing with hidden birds, to the far end of the lot.†   (source)
  • Gant's roving spirit was parched for lack of travel: for Eugene, Saint Louis was a faint unreality, but there burned in him a vision of the opulent South, stranger even than his passionate winter nostalgia for the snow-bound North, which the drifted but short-lived snows in Altamont, the seizure of the unaccustomed moment for sledding and skating on the steep hills awakened in him with a Northern desire, a desire for the dark, the storm, the winds that roar across the earth and the…†   (source)
  • There was, God knows, seclusion enough for monastic scholarship, but the rare romantic quality of the atmosphere, the prodigal opulence of Springtime, thick with flowers and drenched in a fragrant warmth of green shimmering light, quenched pretty thoroughly any incipient rash of bookishness.†   (source)
  • Steve went away with the German woman to Indiana, where, at first, came news of opulence, fatness, ease, and furs (with photographs), later of brawls with her honest brothers, and talk of divorce, reunion and renascence.†   (source)
  • "What is it?" said McGarren, pleased to be consulted by the opulent manager.†   (source)
  • Retired coffee magnate, you see, Malayan valet, lives in opulence.†   (source)
  • This was not the easy Hurstwood of Chicago-not the liberal, opulent Hurstwood she had known.†   (source)
  • "You are sumptuous, opulent, expensive," her father rejoined.†   (source)
  • Our visit to this opulent giant clam came to an end.†   (source)
  • One is charmed with the opulence which feeds so many pensioners.†   (source)
  • The sons of these opulent citizens are become merchants, lawyers, or physicians.†   (source)
  • Have you not, like ourselves, an opulent war-budget and a paltry budget of education?†   (source)
  • "A sign of opulence," retorted Laigle calmly.†   (source)
  • She was in truth grateful for the refuge offered her: Mrs. Peniston's opulent interior was at least not externally dingy.†   (source)
  • The Tapestry School claims that luxurious chairs for waiting patients, handsome hand-painted pictures, a bookcase jammed with the world's best literature in expensively bound sets, together with cut-glass vases and potted palms, produce an impression of that opulence which can come only from sheer ability and knowledge.†   (source)
  • If you will set this gentleman's mind at ease by taking his pound, I will give the other ninety-nine [Bill, astounded by such opulence, instinctively touches his cap].†   (source)
  • This particular garden is on a hill opposite the Alhambra; and the villa is as expensive and pretentious as a villa must be if it is to be let furnished by the week to opulent American and English visitors.†   (source)
  • The light in which they stood made a dense blackness all round, and only above their heads there was an opulent glitter of stars.†   (source)
  • They watched as a rousing tale of love and murder in the court of an Oriental potentate unrolled silently before them; scene after opulent scene sped past, full of naked bodies, despotic lust, and abject servility blind in its zeal, full of cruelty, prurience, and fatal desire—and then suddenly the film slowed to linger revealingly on the muscular arm of an executioner.†   (source)
  • He waved his whip in the direction of the Bellomont acres, which lay outspread before them in opulent undulations.†   (source)
  • In the "Metropolis" tavern he had some time since made acquaintance with a young official and had learnt that this very opulent bachelor was passionately fond of weapons.†   (source)
  • There were great, round, pot-bellied baskets of chestnuts, shaped like the waistcoats of jolly old gentlemen, lolling at the doors, and tumbling out into the street in their apoplectic opulence.†   (source)
  • The quarter has an air of modern opulence and convenience which seems at variance with the ascetic institution, and the impression made upon Newman's gloomily-irritated gaze by the fresh-looking, windowless expanse behind which the woman he loved was perhaps even then pledging herself to pass the rest of her days was less exasperating than he had feared.†   (source)
  • Or, not improbably, it might once have been the pleasure-place of an opulent family; for there was the ruin of a marble fountain in the centre, sculptured with rare art, but so wofully shattered that it was impossible to trace the original design from the chaos of remaining fragments.†   (source)
  • Free and democratic communities, then, will always contain a considerable number of people enjoying opulence or competency.†   (source)
  • The truth of this is easily proved by observation; the people are more rude in aristocratic countries than elsewhere, in opulent cities than in rural districts.†   (source)
  • Everything seemed to go on as usual in the quiet, opulent house; the good-natured mistress pursuing, quite unsuspiciously, her bustling idleness, and daily easy avocations; the daughter absorbed still in one selfish, tender thought, and quite regardless of all the world besides, when that final crash came, under which the worthy family fell.†   (source)
  • This anecdote, so strikingly illustrative of the opulence of milliners, was not received with any great demonstration of feeling, inasmuch as Kate hung down her head while it was relating, and Ralph manifested very intelligible symptoms of extreme impatience.†   (source)
  • The world will think you abandoned and poor, for the wife of a bankrupt would never be forgiven, were she to keep up an appearance of opulence.†   (source)
  • One perceived him to be a personage of marked influence and authority; and, especially, you could feel just as certain that he was opulent as if he had exhibited his bank account, or as if you had seen him touching the twigs of the Pyncheon Elm, and, Midas-like, transmuting them to gold.†   (source)
  • Behind his seat was hung a scarlet cloth cloak lined with fur, and a cap of the same materials richly embroidered, which completed the dress of the opulent landholder when he chose to go forth.†   (source)
  • Until the whale fishery rounded Cape Horn, no commerce but colonial, scarcely any intercourse but colonial, was carried on between Europe and the long line of the opulent Spanish provinces on the Pacific coast.†   (source)
  • While Becky Sharp was on her own wing in the country, hopping on all sorts of twigs, and amid a multiplicity of traps, and pecking up her food quite harmless and successful, Amelia lay snug in her home of Russell Square; if she went into the world, it was under the guidance of the elders; nor did it seem that any evil could befall her or that opulent cheery comfortable home in which she was affectionately sheltered.†   (source)
  • Thus, in order to enunciate here only summarily, a law which it would require volumes to develop: in the high Orient, the cradle of primitive times, after Hindoo architecture came Phoenician architecture, that opulent mother of Arabian architecture; in antiquity, after Egyptian architecture, of which Etruscan style and cyclopean monuments are but one variety, came Greek architecture (of which the Roman style is only a continuation), surcharged with the Carthaginian dome; in modern…†   (source)
  • Of two brothers, very similar in temperament and character, one had settled on a flourishing farm in Vermont, and the other became an opulent planter in Louisiana.†   (source)
  • They swam with quiverings of their four leaflike arms, letting the opulent tresses of their tentacles dangle in the drift.†   (source)
  • The small number of opulent citizens who are to be found amidst a democracy do not constitute an exception to this rule.†   (source)
  • But I wonder that the late Judge—being so opulent, and with a reasonable prospect of transmitting his wealth to descendants of his own—should not have felt the propriety of embodying so excellent a piece of domestic architecture in stone, rather than in wood.†   (source)
  • And as for other fish common to the Atlantic and Mediterranean, I was unable to observe miralets, triggerfish, puffers, seahorses, jewelfish, trumpetfish, blennies, gray mullet, wrasse, smelt, flying fish, anchovies, sea bream, porgies, garfish, or any of the chief representatives of the order Pleuronecta, such as sole, flounder, plaice, dab, and brill, simply because of the dizzying speed with which the Nautilus hustled through these opulent waters.†   (source)
  • …sky; the ship under indolent sail, and gliding so serenely along; as I bathed my hands among those soft, gentle globules of infiltrated tissues, woven almost within the hour; as they richly broke to my fingers, and discharged all their opulence, like fully ripe grapes their wine; as I snuffed up that uncontaminated aroma,—literally and truly, like the smell of spring violets; I declare to you, that for the time I lived as in a musky meadow; I forgot all about our horrible oath;…†   (source)
  • Thus slavery not only prevents the whites from becoming opulent, but even from desiring to become so.†   (source)
  • The opulent family that had inhabited the house in the days of its splendor had imported a great deal of splendid furniture, some of which they had taken away with them, while some remained standing desolate in mouldering, unoccupied rooms, or stored away in this place.†   (source)
  • I could fancy that, when I was a child, or a youth, that portrait had spoken, and told me a rich secret, or had held forth its hand, with the written record of hidden opulence.†   (source)
  • In democratic countries, however opulent a man is supposed to be, he is almost always discontented with his fortune, because he finds that he is less rich than his father was, and he fears that his sons will be less rich than himself.†   (source)
  • The general characteristics of popular masonry, on the contrary, are progress, originality, opulence, perpetual movement.†   (source)
  • The estate had formerly belonged to a gentleman of opulence and taste, who had bestowed some considerable attention to the adornment of his grounds.†   (source)
  • Mark, for instance, that opulent citizen, who is as anxious as a Jew of the Middle Ages to conceal his wealth.†   (source)
  • But Thenardier continued: "Monsieur le Baron, I have the strongest of reasons for believing that the assassinated young man was an opulent stranger lured into a trap by Jean Valjean, and the bearer of an enormous sum of money."†   (source)
  • Let us add a quantity of fine, amusing, and varied streets, like the Rue de Rivoli, and I do not despair of Paris presenting to the eye, when viewed from a balloon, that richness of line, that opulence of detail, that diversity of aspect, that grandiose something in the simple, and unexpected in the beautiful, which characterizes a checker-board.†   (source)
  • I contest the proposition: in point of physical gratifications, the most opulent members of a democracy will not display tastes very different from those of the people; whether it be that, springing from the people, they really share those tastes, or that they esteem it a duty to submit to them.†   (source)
  • The small aristocratic societies which are formed by some manufacturers in the midst of the immense democracy of our age, contain, like the great aristocratic societies of former ages, some men who are very opulent, and a multitude who are wretchedly poor.†   (source)
  • …real misalliance is that of souls; and as many an unknown young man, without name, without birth, without fortune, is a marble column which bears up a temple of grand sentiments and grand ideas, so such and such a man of the world satisfied and opulent, who has polished boots and varnished words, if looked at not outside, but inside, a thing which is reserved for his wife, is nothing more than a block obscurely haunted by violent, unclean, and vinous passions; the post of a…†   (source)
  • …coif, twined with pearls, to their heels, from the fineness of the embroidered chemisette which covered their shoulders and allowed a glimpse, according to the pleasing custom of the time, of the swell of their fair virgin bosoms, from the opulence of their under-petticoats still more precious than their overdress (marvellous refinement), from the gauze, the silk, the velvet, with which all this was composed, and, above all, from the whiteness of their hands, which certified to their…†   (source)
  • In aristocratic nations the body of the nobles and the more opulent part of the community are in themselves natural associations, which act as checks upon the abuses of power.†   (source)
  • …classes, in the name of interests, were approaching preparatory to dashing themselves together, clasping and throwing each other, while each one hastened and invited the last and decisive hour of the crisis, far away and quite outside of this fatal quarter, in the most profound depths of the unfathomable cavities of that wretched old Paris which disappears under the splendor of happy and opulent Paris, the sombre voice of the people could be heard giving utterance to a dull roar.†   (source)
  • On the other hand, I never perceived amongst the wealthier inhabitants of the United States that proud contempt of physical gratifications which is sometimes to be met with even in the most opulent and dissolute aristocracies.†   (source)
  • I am wrong, however, in saying all classes; for as in America the European scale of authority is inverted, the wealthy are there placed in a position analogous to that of the poor in the Old World, and it is the opulent classes which frequently look upon the law with suspicion.†   (source)
  • This solution which is complete on one side only leads her fatally to two extremes: monstrous opulence, monstrous wretchedness.†   (source)
  • When an aristocracy excludes the leaders of that profession from its ranks, it excites enemies which are the more formidable to its security as they are independent of the nobility by their industrious pursuits; and they feel themselves to be its equal in point of intelligence, although they enjoy less opulence and less power.†   (source)
  • In the United States the more opulent citizens take great care not to stand aloof from the people; on the contrary, they constantly keep on easy terms with the lower classes: they listen to them, they speak to them every day.†   (source)
  • Privileges of this kind are transitory; they belong to the place, and are distinct from the individual: but if public officers are not uniformly remunerated by the State, the public charges must be entrusted to men of opulence and independence, who constitute the basis of an aristocracy; and if the people still retains its right of election, that election can only be made from a certain class of citizens.†   (source)
  • —THE INTESTINE OF THE LEVIATHAN Fleets of vessels are despatched, at great expense, to collect the dung of petrels and penguins at the South Pole, and the incalculable element of opulence which we have on hand, we send to the sea.†   (source)
  • Many of those who had already contracted a taste for the fine arts are impoverished: on the other hand, many of those who are not yet rich begin to conceive that taste, at least by imitation; and the number of consumers increases, but opulent and fastidious consumers become more scarce.†   (source)
  • When an opulent American arrives in Europe, his first care is to surround himself with all the luxuries of wealth: he is so afraid of being taken for the plain citizen of a democracy, that he adopts a hundred distorted ways of bringing some new instance of his wealth before you every day.†   (source)
  • 7 per cent. (See "Malte Brun," p.95)] [Footnote s: It must be admitted, however, that the depreciation which has taken place in the value of tobacco, during the last fifty years, has notably diminished the opulence of the Southern planters: but this circumstance is as independent of the will of their Northern brethren as it is of their own.†   (source)
  • What opulence!†   (source)
  • In the United States the greatest undertakings and speculations are executed without difficulty, because the whole population is engaged in productive industry, and because the poorest as well as the most opulent members of the commonwealth are ready to combine their efforts for these purposes.†   (source)
  • It is not uncommon for the same man, in the course of his life, to rise and sink again through all the grades which lead from opulence to poverty.†   (source)
  • But the men who have a competency, alike removed from opulence and from penury, attach an enormous value to their possessions.†   (source)
  • The mind is then seized by both ends, and hurried into trade and manufactures, which are the shortest roads that lead to opulence.†   (source)
  • Amongst a nation where aristocracy predominates in society, and keeps it stationary, the people in the end get as much accustomed to poverty as the rich to their opulence.†   (source)
  • It sometimes happens that, wearied with public affairs and sated with opulence, amidst the ruin of religious belief and the decline of the State, the heart of an aristocracy may by degrees be seduced to the pursuit of sensual enjoyments only.†   (source)
  • In proportion as property is subdivided and wealth distributed over the country, the community is filled with people whose former opulence is declining, and with others whose fortunes are of recent growth and whose wants increase more rapidly than their resources.†   (source)
  • Not but that in the United States, as elsewhere, there are a certain number of wealthy persons who, having come into their property by inheritance, possess, without exertion, an opulence they have not earned.†   (source)
  • As the gradations of the social scale come to be less observed, whilst the great sink the humble rise, and as poverty as well as opulence ceases to be hereditary, the distance both in reality and in opinion, which heretofore separated the workman from the master, is lessened every day.†   (source)
  • Hence there are every day more men of great opulence and education who devote their wealth and knowledge to manufactures; and who seek, by opening large establishments, and by a strict division of labor, to meet the fresh demands which are made on all sides.†   (source)
  • I am aware that amongst a great democratic people there will always be some members of the community in great poverty, and others in great opulence; but the poor, instead of forming the immense majority of the nation, as is always the case in aristocratic communities, are comparatively few in number, and the laws do not bind them together by the ties of irremediable and hereditary penury.†   (source)
  • America doth not yet know what opulence is; and although the progress which she hath made stands unparalleled in the history of other nations, it is but childhood, compared with what she would be capable of arriving at, had she, as she ought to have, the legislative powers in her own hands.†   (source)
  • They shifted, veered from camp to camp, worked for a month, loafed opulently for a week, enjoying the brief bought loves of girls they met upon the ocean-beach or in a brothel.†   (source)
  • Archer raised his head quickly: he could never hear the name without the sharp vision of Beaufort's heavy figure, opulently furred and shod, advancing through the snow at Skuytercliff.†   (source)
  • The poorest kitchenwench no less than the opulent lady of fashion, if so be their constructions and their tempers were warm persuaders for their petitions, would find in him their man.   (source)
    opulent = magnificent and luxurious
  • her opulent throne   (source)
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