One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to refer to a typical or hypothetical rich man.‘there must be rich and poor, Dives says, smacking his claret’
rich person, capitalist, tycoon, magnate, nabob, millionaire, billionaire, multimillionaire, nouveau riche, person of meansView synonyms
- ‘How, in the modern world, does Dives help Lazarus?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Dives didn't go to hell because he was rich; Dives didn't realize that his wealth was his opportunity.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin, used in the Vulgate translation of the Bible (Luke 16).
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