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affluent

Syllabification: af·flu·ent
Pronunciation: /ˈaflo͞oənt
 
, əˈflo͞oənt
 
/

Definition of affluent in English:

adjective

1(Especially of a group or area) having a great deal of money; wealthy: the affluent societies of the western world (as plural noun the affluent) only the affluent could afford to travel abroad
More example sentences
  • The Government wants to redistribute wealth from more affluent areas in the south to deprived parts in the north of the country.
  • Oddly enough, the advertisers deny they are specifically targeting gay consumers, one of society's most affluent groups.
  • However, a more complicated picture emerges from the affluent areas of the cities that were compared.
Synonyms
propertied, substantial, of means, of substance, plutocratic
informal well heeled, rolling in it, made of money, filthy rich, stinking rich, loaded, on easy street
upper-class, upscale
2 archaic (Of water) flowing freely or in great quantity.
Example sentences
  • He replied that the water was affluent and that they had not reviewed this in detail.

noun

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A tributary stream.
Example sentences
  • The chief commerce is in silk, which is carried on along the River and its numerous affluents and canals.
  • About 60 miles higher up in the course of the Nile, there is another large affluent from the west.
  • On reaching the bottom, what was our surprise and disgust to find ourselves landed on the high muddy bank of a wide, rapidly flowing affluent of the Great River.

Origin

late Middle English (sense 2 of the adjective): via Old French from Latin affluent- 'flowing toward, flowing freely', from the verb affluere, from ad- 'to' + fluere 'to flow'.

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  • From Latin affluere ‘flow towards’, affluent was originally used to describe water either flowing towards a place or flowing freely without any restriction. It later came to mean ‘abundant’ and then ‘wealthy’, a meaning which dates from the mid 18th century. Related words, all based on Latin fluere ‘to flow’ are fluent (late 16th century) and fluid (Late Middle English); flume (Middle English) originally a stream; flux (Late Middle English) a state of flowing; effluent (Late Middle English) something that flows out; and superfluous (Late Middle English) ‘overflowing’.

Derivatives

affluently

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • They have created this awful situation where people can come and live so affluently, and so many others can't afford a decent roof over their heads.
  • By 1970 the concept of duty evaporated in the affluently modeled consumer society.
  • Complex in character, this ecosystem is a self-sustaining community living affluently due to a combination of several important elements such as warmth, rainfall, nutrients and sunlight.

Words that rhyme with affluent

effluentmellifluent

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