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effusive

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adjective ef·fu·sive \i-ˈfyü-siv, e-, -ziv\

Simple Definition of effusive

  • : expressing a lot of emotion

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of effusive

  1. 1 :  marked by the expression of great or excessive emotion or enthusiasm <effusive praise>

  2. 2 archaic :  pouring freely

  3. 3 :  characterized or formed by a nonexplosive outpouring of lava <effusive rocks>

effusively adverb
effusiveness noun

Examples of effusive in a sentence

  1. They offered effusive thanks for our help.

  2. <often effusive no matter what the occasion, my aunt is even more so at weddings and funerals>



Did You Know?

We've used "effusive" in English to describe excessive outpourings since the 17th century. In the 1800s, geologists adopted the specific sense related to flowing lava-or to hardened rock formed from flowing lava. "Effusive" can be traced to the Latin verb effundere ("to pour out"), which itself comes from "fundere" ("to pour") plus a modification of the prefix ex- ("out"). Our verb "effuse" has the same Latin ancestors. A person effuses when he or she speaks effusively. Liquids can effuse as well (as in "water effusing from a pipe").

1662

First Known Use of effusive

1662



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