Definition of affluenza in English:


Syllabification: af·flu·en·za
Pronunciation: /ˌaflo͞oˈenzə


  • A psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation.
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    • 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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