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 The department, of course, is now under the purview of Garland, who glided through the confirmation process with even more effusive praise and even fewer questions, based in part on the appeal of a dramatic arc. Ankush Khardori, The New Republic, 6 July 2021 In his answers, Howard was thoughtful, descriptive and at times, effusive. Harold Goldberg, Washington Post, 13 June 2021 While the praise for Pujols’ off-field presence has been effusive, the 21-year veteran is also producing in his part-time role on the field. Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 Lightning coach Jon Cooper was more effusive, saying when Vasilevskiy is in a zone, there's no better goalie. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 2 June 2021 Along the boardwalk, Vernon English — who came from Chicago in 2017 — sold his art, effusive swatches of color evoking Mark Rothko. Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 Like everything else involving the bridge in the 1920s and 1930s, the first Chronicle article was embarrassingly effusive. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 June 2021 Amarena cherries and plum pudding aromas are sweet and effusive, with just the suggestion of toastiness to the oak in the background. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 3 June 2021 With clashes between protesters and police filling social media, pressure rose on Heritage of Pride to reduce police involvement, including banning the Gay Officers Action League, which routinely receives effusive cheers during the Pride march. John Leland, New York Times, 28 May 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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“Effusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effusive. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of effusive

: expressing a lot of emotion

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