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nouveau riche

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Definition newly rich — usually used in an insulting manner
  • Ostentation by the nouveau riche is never appealing.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • 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
  • She wondered whether he was an ostentatious nouveau riche.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • 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'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
  • He had spent the go-go eighties hanging out with nouveau riche celebrities.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • "How does it feel to be nouveau riche?" he was asked on one occasion.
    John Berendt  --  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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