British Englishspokenused to tell someone that they are more fortunate than they realize
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: rich, well-off, wealthy, affluent, prosperousRich is a very direct way of saying that someone has a lot of money and possessions• one of the richest women in America Well-offmeans fairly rich, so you can buy most things. People are more likely to describe themselves as 'well-off' than 'rich'• My parents were pretty well-off.Wealthyis a slightly more formal word meaning rich, especially over a long period of time• He came from a wealthy family.Affluent and prosperous are fairly formal words, often used to describe societies where the economy is successful and the standard of living is good.Affluent means rich enough to have things like expensive cars and holidays• People are becoming increasingly affluent.Prosperousmeans rich and successful• the more prosperous regions of the country ➔ See alsorich
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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