When something bad or painful abates, it becomes less strong or severe.
An affliction is something that causes pain and mental suffering, especially a medical condition.
Affluence is the state of having a lot of money and many possessions, granting one a high economic standard of living.
Atrophy is a process by which parts of the body, such as muscles and organs, lessen in size or weaken in strength due to internal nerve damage, poor nutrition, or aging.
Something is a blight if it spoils or damages things severely; blight is often used to describe something that ruins or kills crops.
A copious amount of something is a very large amount of it.
A cornucopia is a large quantity and variety of something good and nourishing.
A decadent person has low moral standards and is more interested in pleasure than serious matters.
Something, such as a building, is derelict if it is empty, not used, and in bad condition or disrepair.
Detritus is the small pieces of waste that remain after something has been destroyed or used.
A dilapidated building, vehicle, etc. is old, broken-down, and in very bad condition.
Something described as dross is of very poor quality and has little or no value.
Someone who is epicurean derives great pleasure in material and sensual things, especially good food and drink.
An extravaganza is an elaborate production or spectacular display that is meant to entertain, often in an excessive fashion.
When you do something in a grandiose way, it is very showy, impressive, and magnificent.
Hedonism is the belief that pleasure is important, so much so that life should be spent doing only things that one enjoys.
Someone who is impecunious has very little money, especially over a long period of time.
An impoverished person or nation is very poor and stricken by poverty.
Something luxuriant, such as plants or hair, is growing well and is very healthy.
Something mediocre is average or ordinary in quality; it’s just OK.
Something that is mundane is very ordinary and not interesting or exciting, especially because it happens very often.
If you have a myriad of things, you have so many and such a great variety of them that it’s hard or impossible to keep track of or count them all.
An ornate object is heavily or excessively decorated with complicated shapes and patterns.
If you describe an action as ostentatious, you think it is an extreme and exaggerated way of impressing people.
A palatial structure is grand and impressive, such as a palace or mansion.
Pecuniary means relating to or concerning money.
Penury is the state of being extremely poor.
If something plummets, it falls down from a high position very quickly; for example, a piano can plummet from a window and a stock value can plummet during a market crash.
If you suffer privation, you live without many of the basic things required for a comfortable life.
A profusion of something is a very large quantity or variety of it.
If something bad, such as crime or disease, is rampant, there is a lot of it—and it is increasing in a way that is difficult to control.
If you say that something bad or unpleasant is rife somewhere, you mean that it is very common.
Something that is sumptuous is impressive, grand, and very expensive.
Something that is unadorned is not made more attractive with ornament or decoration.
If something—such as power, influence, or feeling—wanes, it gradually becomes weaker or less important, often so much so that it eventually disappears.
Jill must be earning lots of money, for her new house is richly furnished, beautifully designed, and extremely opulent in its display. Jill is also living an opulent, abundant lifestyle, going on expensive trips and staying in grand hotels. I would love to spend just a few days in that expensive, grandly decorated, and opulent castle resort she visited recently in France!
What is an example of an opulent lifestyle?
Someone who loves to show off their wealth by buying expensive things.
Someone who doesn’t work but instead travels around the world.
Someone who doesn’t like to be alone so surrounds themselves with people.
Opulent Aunt Opal My rich aunt Opal lived so opulently that she even lentopals to anyone who asked.
Here is one of life’s little shortcuts: If someone is meeting you in their “study,” they have money. Normal people have a home office or a family room or maybe a man cave. Rich people have studies. This one was particularly opulent, loaded up with leather-bound books and wooden globes and Oriental rugs.
— Harlan Coben, American mystery and thriller author, from _The Stranger_
These opulent coffee palaces could be considered works of art themselves, with their marble-topped tables, arched ceilings and formally dressed waiters ferrying drinks on silver trays.
On busy tourist days, as many as 70,000 people wander through the majestic gardens and opulent interiors of the Taj Mahal. But due to conservation and safety concerns, that could soon change.
The opulent dining room, with its glittering chandeliers and extravagant arrangements, might evoke Paris, but that illusion is shattered by the all-Midwestern cheese plate.
If one lives in an opulent fashion, one is “rich in wealth” or “full of abundance.”
DirecTV This guy is surrounded everywhere by opulence.
The panel shows a small video clip of either the word in actual use or a scene that represents the meaning of a word. This not only breaks up the monotony of studying words but also provides another avenue to strengthen word meaning. Enjoy!