abundance of money, property, and other material goods; riches; wealth.
an abundant supply, as of thoughts or words; profusion.
a flowing to or toward; afflux.
Contemporary Examples

Why have we conflated “excellence” with affluence, driven parents, and a relentless will to conform on the part of the kids?
The Absurd Lies of College Admissions Megan McArdle March 31, 2013

Their affluence and attachment to luxury makes military service unpopular.
Nerdiness from Noah: Alpha Centauri Noah Kristula-Green March 28, 2013

He is the author of Taking America, The End of affluence (Random House) and The Case for Big Government.
Was the New Deal a Bust? Jeff Madrick March 29, 2009

Jazz is linked in the mind of marketers with affluence, but the economics of jazz have never been worse.
Jazz (The Music of Coffee and Donuts) Has Respect, But It Needs Love Ted Gioia June 14, 2014

He is the author of several books including Taking America (Bantam), and The End of affluence (Random House).
How the Entire Economics Profession Failed Jeff Madrick January 7, 2009

Historical Examples

Thereupon Perrette herself frisked for joy, transported with the picture of her affluence.
The Original Fables of La Fontaine Jean de la Fontaine

So powerful is genius, when it is invested with the glitter of affluence!
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes Samuel Johnson

Civil polity had succeeded to a state of confusion, and men were become fond of ease and affluence, of wine and women.
An Essay on the Lyric Poetry of the Ancients John Ogilvie

affluence we may know, but poverty is apt to be our companion.
The Strollers Frederic S. Isham

Love was in their eyes, joy in their voice, and affluence in their gait and bearing.
Loss and Gain John Henry Newman

an abundant supply of money, goods, or property; wealth
(rare) abundance or profusion

mid-14c., “a plentiful flowing, an abundance,” from Old French affluence, from Latin affluentia “a flowing to,” figuratively “affluence, abundance,” noun of state from affluentem (nominative affluens) “flowing toward, abounding, rich, copious” (see affluent). Sense of “wealth” attested from c.1600, from notion of “a plentiful flow” (of the gifts of fortune).


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