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affluenza Line breaks: af|flu|enza
Pronunciation: /ˈafluːˈɛnzə/

Definition of affluenza in English:


[mass noun]
A psychological malaise supposedly affecting young wealthy people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation.
Example sentences
  • There are many exceptions to the rule, but a fear of affluenza has prompted some wealthy parents to disinherit their children for magnanimous reasons.
  • But the kind that presents to general practitioners and is counted in statistics as part of the growing crisis in mental health is a different kind of malaise, better described as affluenza than depression.
  • But the problem of affluenza goes beyond constructing a sound estate plan for wealthy parents.


1970s: blend of affluent and influenza.

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