profuse


profuse
profuse; lavish, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant carry as their basic meaning giving out or given out in great abundance.
What is profuse seems to pour or be poured forth in abundance, without restraint, or in a stream
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profuse apologies

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profuse sweating

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pourest thy full heart in profuse strains of unpremeditated art— Shelley

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a land where life was great . . . and beauty lay profuseBrowning

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What is lavish is so exceedingly profuse as to suggest, positively, munificence or extravagance or, negatively, the absence of all stint or moderation
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lavish gifts

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a lavish feast

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lavish expenditures

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the lavish attentions of his mother— Meredith

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our lavish use of a bountiful supply of crude oil— Morrison

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What is prodigal gives or is given so lavishly and so recklessly as to suggest waste or the ultimate exhaustion of re-sources
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chary of praise and prodigal of counsel— Stevenson

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the prodigal expenditures of the recent war— M. W. Childs

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he had been prodigal with his money and she probably imagined that he was still in funds— Cliff Farrell

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What is luxuriant produces or is produced in great and rich abundance; the term usually connotes not only profusion but gorgeousness or splendor in what is produced
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her luxuriant hair

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the luxuriant imagination of Milton

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this damp and mild climate makes possible the most luxuriant forest growth— Forde

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rich and luxuriant beauty; a beauty that shone with deep and vivid tints— Hawthorne

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What is lush is not only luxuriant but has reached the peak of its perfection; the term distinctively connotes richness, fullness of development, or luxuriousness
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how lush and lusty the grass looks! how green!— Shak.

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the lush . . . full-blown landscape of the south through which they had set out that morning— Jan Struther

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the fabulous period of the Nineties, that lush, plush, glittering era with all its sentimentality and opulence and ostentation— S. H. Hay

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What is exuberant produces or is produced so abundantly or luxuriantly as to suggest exceedingly great vigor, vitality, or creative power; the term applies chiefly to persons or their words, emotions, or qualities that display a vigor or vitality that is almost rampant
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an exuberant fancy

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the exuberant genius of Shakespeare

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to restrain my too exuberant gesture—Mary Austin

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exuberant energy

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actually, in the present context, all our exuberant post-Sputnik talk is irrelevant and even nonsensical— Huxley

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Analogous words: copious, abundant (see PLENTIFUL): *excessive, immoderate, extravagant: *liberal, bountiful, bounteous, openhanded, munificent, generous
Antonyms: spare, scanty, scant
Contrasted words: *meager, skimpy, scrimpy, exiguous, sparse

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  • Profuse — Pro*fuse , a. [L. profusus, p. p. of profundere to pour forth or out; pro forward, forth + fundere to pour: cf. F. profus. See {Fuse} to melt.] 1. Pouring forth with fullness or exuberance; bountiful; exceedingly liberal; giving without stint; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profuse — [prō fyo͞os′, prəfyo͞os′] adj. [ME < L profusus, pp. of profundere, to pour out < pro , forth + fundere, to pour: see PRO 2 & FOUND3] 1. giving or pouring forth freely; generous, often to excess: usually with in [profuse in her apologies] 2 …   English World dictionary

  • Profuse — Pro*fuse , v. t. To pour out; to give or spend liberally; to lavish; to squander. [Obs.] Chapman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profuse — I adjective abounding, abundant, affluent, ample, boundless, bounteous, bountiful, copious, countless, crowded, diffuse, discursive, effusus, endless, excessive, exorbitant, extravagant, exuberant, flush, full, garrulous, generous, illimitable,… …   Law dictionary

  • profuse — early 15c., from L. profusus spread out, lavish, extravagant, lit. poured forth, prop. pp. of profundere pour forth, from pro forth + fundere to pour (see FOUND (Cf. found) (2)). Related: Profusive; profusively …   Etymology dictionary

  • profuse — [adj] abundant, excessive abounding, alive with*, ample, aplenty, bounteous, bountiful, copious, crawling with*, dime a dozen*, extravagant, extreme, exuberant, fulsome, galore, generous, immoderate, lavish, liberal, lush, luxuriant, no end*,… …   New thesaurus

  • profuse — ► ADJECTIVE 1) plentiful; abundant. 2) archaic extravagant. DERIVATIVES profusely adverb profuseness noun profusion noun. ORIGIN Latin profusus lavish, spread out …   English terms dictionary

  • profuse — adjective 1) profuse apologies Syn: copious, prolific, abundant, liberal, unstinting, fulsome, effusive, extravagant, lavish, gushing; informal over the top, gushy 2) profuse blooms Syn …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • profuse — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin profusus, past participle of profundere to pour forth, from pro forth + fundere to pour more at found Date: 15th century 1. pouring forth liberally ; extravagant < profuse in their thanks > 2.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • profuse — adj. (cannot stand alone) profuse in (profuse in one s apologies) * * * [prə fjuːs] (cannot stand alone) profuse in (profuse in one s apologies) …   Combinatory dictionary


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