ef·​fu·​sive | \ i-ˈfyü-siv How to pronounce effusive (audio) , e-, -ziv \

Definition of effusive

1 : marked by the expression of great or excessive emotion or enthusiasm effusive praise
2 archaic : pouring freely
3 : characterized or formed by a nonexplosive outpouring of lava effusive rocks

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Other Words from effusive

effusively adverb
effusiveness noun

Effusive History Is Overflowing

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").

Examples of effusive in a Sentence

They offered effusive thanks for our help. often effusive no matter what the occasion, my aunt is even more so at weddings and funerals
Recent Examples on the Web Jenkins is effusive in his praise for Whitehead, who’s an executive producer on the series and who visited the Georgia set where his book’s world was made real. Hunter Harris, Town & Country, "How Barry Jenkins and Colson Whitehead Made The Underground Railroad," 25 Apr. 2021 Asked about Miller, the movie star-politician was effusive. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Washington's new 'Indispensable Man'," 22 Apr. 2021 Kyle Whittingham has been effusive in his praise this spring of Baylor graduate transfer Charlie Brewer. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here’s what to look for when Utah stages its annual Red-White football game on Saturday," 15 Apr. 2021 Within Hassan and Magufuli’s CCM, or Revolutionary Party, some were more effusive in their welcoming of the change of tone. Washington Post, "Tanzania’s new leader acknowledged the pandemic and promised more civil rights. Critics are unconvinced.," 7 Apr. 2021 So his effusive praise of teammate and quarterback Joe Burrow during Daniels' appearance on NFL Network's Good Morning Football carries weight. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Bengals' Mike Daniels: Joe Burrow 'everything that you want in a franchise quarterback'," 13 Mar. 2021 Fauci was even more effusive on the MSNBC show hosted by liberal commentator Rachel Maddow. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Fauci's Trump-bashing media tour doesn't align with Biden's talk of keeping COVID-19 politics-free," 25 Jan. 2021 The White House official statement was a bit more effusive. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "President Trump has a chummy July 4 chat with the queen as his calls to world leaders come under fire," 1 July 2020 La Soufriere previously had an effusive eruption in December, prompting experts from around the region to fly in and analyze the formation of a new volcanic dome and changes to its crater lake, among other things. Fox News, "St. Vincent awaits new volcanic explosions as help arrives," 10 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of effusive

circa 1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for effusive

borrowed from Medieval Latin effūsīvus "generating profusely, lavish," from Latin effūsus (past participle of effundere "to pour out, discharge, expend") + -īvus -ive — more at effuse entry 1

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11 May 2021

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“Effusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effusive. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of effusive

: expressing a lot of emotion

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