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 This book’s main weakness begins to emerge in its fondness for effusive clichés. The Economist, "The ballad of Malcolm and Martin A twin biography retells the story of the civil-rights movement," 21 May 2020 Kagan also acknowledged the president perfunctorily, while Kavanaugh and Gorsuch grinned and were much more effusive. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "SCOTUS chief John Roberts seems exhausted by Trump," 5 Feb. 2020 Gunners' captain for the night, Rob Holding, was similarly effusive in his praise. SI.com, "Kieran Tierney: The Archetypal Modern Full Back Who Is Finally Displaying His Talent," 25 Sep. 2019 Justin, meanwhile, has been a little bit more effusive on the photo-sharing platform. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Posts Flirty Instagram Comment About Justin Bieber," 6 Aug. 2018 Simultaneously, she's drawn effusive praise from Biden, this month headlining the inaugural episode of his Here's the Deal podcast. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden campaign auditions running mate options," 22 Apr. 2020 But those closest to him knew his effusive and charismatic personality. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "A Deaf-Blind Dishwasher Achieves His Childhood Dream: Movie Actor," 7 Mar. 2020 The infantile, effusive and maybe even slightly sinister Pee-wee Herman, a character created by comedian Paul Reubens, made Americans guffaw. oregonlive, "Paul Reubens is taking ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ on road for 35th anniversary, with first stop in Portland," 9 Dec. 2019 How to explain the effusive glorification of Mao during his lifetime, and why was such an extraordinary collection now stashed away in a cellar? Howard W. French, The New York Review of Books, "Mao’s Shadow," 25 Feb. 2020

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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 4 Jun. 2020.

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: expressing a lot of emotion

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