Definition of Dives in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪviːz/


Used to refer to a typical or hypothetical rich man: there must be rich and poor, Dives says, smacking his claret
More example sentences
  • Dives didn't go to hell because he was rich; Dives didn't realize that his wealth was his opportunity.
  • They were more likely to end up with Dives in the tormenting fires, if stories like this were true, than with Lazarus in the peace and comfort of Abraham's bosom.
  • How, in the modern world, does Dives help Lazarus?


Late Middle English: from late Latin, used in the Vulgate translation of the Bible (Luke 16).

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