Definition of opulence:
ostentation (part of speech: noun)
- pomp and circumstance,
- ornate speech or writing (part of speech: noun)
- prosperity (part of speech: noun)
- wastefulness (part of speech: noun)
- wealth (part of speech: noun)
If the logical and regulated system of exploitation be chosen, stifling with the jingle of gold and the sheen of opulence the sentiments of independence in the colonies, paying with its wealth for its lack of liberty, as the English do in India, who moreover leave the government to native rulers, then build roads, lay out highways, foster the freedom of trade; let the government heed material interests more than the interests of four orders of friars; let it send out intelligent employees to foster industry; just judges, all well paid, so that they be not venal pilferers, and lay aside all religious pretext.- "The Indolence of the Filipino", Jose Rizal.
- "The History of the Negro Church", Carter Godwin Woodson.
Many of the costly articles were buried by the natives, or thrown into the waters of the rivers and the lakes; but enough remained to attest the unprecedented opulence of these religious establishments.- "History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru-with-a-preliminary-view-of-the-civilization-of-the-Incas", Prescott, William Hickling.