Affluence vs Extravagance - What's the difference?

affluence | extravagance |

As nouns the difference between affluence and extravagance

is that affluence is (obsolete) an abundant flow or supply while extravagance is excessive or superfluous expenditure of money.




  • (obsolete) An abundant flow or supply.
  • An abundance of wealth.
  • His affluence was surpassed by no man.
  • A moderate level of wealth.
  • The had achieved affluence , but aspired to true wealth.
  • An influx.
  • Synonyms

    * richdom * See also


    * See also * indigence

    Derived terms

    * affluenza




    (en noun)
  • Excessive or superfluous expenditure of money.
  • Prodigality as in extravagance of anger, love, expression, imagination, or demands.
  • :They spared nothing in obtaining extravagances for each other. Everything was lavish and wildly in excess. They were in love!
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  • *:A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
  • Synonyms

    * lavishness * profusion * wildness * irregularity * excess * prodigality * profusion * waste * unreasonableness * recklessness


    * frugality * economize * moderation