Affluence means great wealth and abundance, such as the great riches found by ancient explorers who exploited the new worlds of North and South America.

The roots of the word affluence are recognizable in the Latin affluentia, which refers to something that flows toward (someone). We can see the connection when we think of the flow of wealth that signifies affluence in our society. For centuries we have seen the affluence in the United States that sparked admiration and jealousy among poorer nations, and we have seen that same affluence rising now in China, as it prepares to take its place as a major world power.

Definitions of affluence
  1. noun
    abundant wealth
    synonyms: richness
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    comfort, ease
    a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state
    lap of luxury
    in conditions of wealth and comfort
    type of:
    wealth, wealthiness
    the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money
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