Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man of great wealth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Icteridae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The name popularly given to the rich man in our Lord's parable of the “Rich Man and Lazarus” (Luke xvi. 19-31). Hence, a name for a rich worldling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rich man: [capitalized] usually regarded as the proper name of the rich man of the parable in Luke-xvi.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin dīves, wealthy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The rich man is commonly called Dives, the Latin name for “a man of wealth.”

    The Gospel of Luke, An Exposition

  • In many theological writings, the rich man of this parable is called Dives, but the name is not of scriptural usage.

    Jesus the Christ A Study of the Messiah and His Mission According to Holy Scriptures Both Ancient and Modern

  • Marcus Licinius Crassus -- called Dives, or the Rich, from the spoil he had gained during the proscription.

    Young Folks' History of Rome

  • His surname is getting as much out of fashion as the "Dives" of Crassus.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 The Whole Extant Correspodence in Chronological Order

  • Dives which is mentioned in another chapter, this hotel is not over restored, although in the days of a past proprietor the house contained a great number of antiques and its fame attracted many distinguished visitors, including Sir Walter Scott and Victor Hugo.

    Normandy, Illustrated, Complete

  • "Dives," they exclaim, "in his life-time possessed good things and in like manner Lazarus evil things, but now the one is comforted in the bosom of Abraham, and the other tormented in a lake of fire."

    The Fair Haven

  • The audio was created by "Dives" from the guild Wipe Club, I had nothing to do with its creation, I only made the animation.

    WN.com - Financial News

  • On the other side of Charleston, we made our first stop at a place that Guy Fieri would certainly have filed under the "Dives" for what the billboards touted as "World Famous" hot dogs.

    zanesvilletimesrecorder.com - Local News

  • Annals, of which there were twenty-two books.] [Footnote 277: These were C.. Pompeius M.gnus, who afterwards was the great opponent of C. Julius C.sar; his Life is written by Plutarch: M. Licinius C.assus, called Dives or the Rich, whose Life is written by

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

  • His very thought seems rooted in that majestic old classic and if you look at the titles, such titles as "Dives," "The Sons of Mary and the Sons of Martha," "The Prodigal Son," the "Modern Version," and others of that class, you will see the truth of the remark that the Scripture which makes Miss Rossetti wistful and moves Tennyson to sing cadences, stirs in Kipling a sense of its message as an outdoor book calling to high achievement and attainment.

    Kipling, The Poet of Empire

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