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A man of great wealth.

[Middle English, from Latin dīves, wealthy; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Bible) a rich man in the parable in Luke 16:19–31
2. a very rich man


(ˈdaɪ viz)

1. the rich man of the parable in Luke 16:19–31.
2. any rich man.
[< Latin dīves rich, rich man]
References in classic literature ?
I remembered the account of Dives in torment, and shuddered.
Yet Dives himself, he too lives like a Czar in an ice palace made of frozen sighs, and being a president of a temperance society, he only drinks the tepid tears of orphans.
Growler" Pat had given up holding city offices very early in his career--caring only for party power, and giving the rest of his time to superintending his dives and brothels.
Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his mouth.
Remember the fate of Dives, who had his good things in this life.
However they succeeded in rousing me from my stupor, and I dashed into the court-yard, followed closely by Amina, who made frantic dives at me, which I was not quick enough to dodge.
Over him did you then vaunt, O knight Patroclus, saying, "Bless my heart, how active he is, and how well he dives.
He dives below and returns--at which we little human beings in the void cheer louder than ever--with the ship's kitten.
He darts across the road into the boy's path, but the boy is quicker than he, makes a curve, ducks, dives under his hands, comes up half-a-dozen yards beyond him, and scours away again.
Now a score of one-man air scouts were launching from the upper decks of the nearer vessel, and in a moment more were speeding in long, swift dives to the ground about us.
There was nothing more at Jerusalem to be seen, except the traditional houses of Dives and Lazarus of the parable, the Tombs of the Kings, and those of the Judges; the spot where they stoned one of the disciples to death, and beheaded another; the room and the table made celebrated by the Last Supper; the fig-tree that Jesus withered; a number of historical places about Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives, and fifteen or twenty others in different portions of the city itself.
As a hawk dives for a songbird on the wing, so this great, human bird dived for Bradley.