pro·​fu·​sion | \prə-ˈfyü-zhən, prō-\

Definition of profusion 

1 : lavish expenditure : extravagance

2 : the quality or state of being profuse

3 : great quantity : lavish display or supply snow falling in profusion

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A profusion is literally a "pouring forth", so a profusion of gifts is a wealth or abundance of gifts. A profusely illustrated book is filled to overflowing with pictures. A bad social error should be followed by profuse apologies, and profound gratitude should be expressed with profuse thanks.

Examples of profusion in a Sentence

The flowers grow in profusion. apples grow in profusion in this valley

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Thanks to the premiere of his Steve Carrell-starring movie Beautiful Boy at the Toronto International Film Festival, there’s been a profusion of Timmy content as of late. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, September 14 Edition," 14 Sep. 2018 Its concrete slab floors and steel columns are offset by timber beams and a profusion of succulent green plants; two spiral staircases lead to a second floor. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Aland, Seoul’s Best-Kept (Affordable!) Shopping Secret, Opens a Flagship in Brooklyn," 19 July 2018 The profusions of modern plastics, however, have created repair challenges unlike any known before. Eve M. Kahn, New York Times, "No, Your Furniture Shouldn’t Drip or Burst," 2 Mar. 2018 Thanks to Santa Barbara’s mild Mediterranean climate, the region nourishes many kinds of plants from around the world, creating a profusion of beautiful and unusual gardens. Jill K. Robinson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Santa Barbara serenity abounds in region’s 5 best public gardens," 14 June 2018 Israel has emerged as a technological titan in recent decades, producing a profusion of high-tech companies and drawing heavy international investment. Washington Post, "Israeli company plans lunar landing next year," 10 July 2018 The profusion of American products comes despite strict sanctions. Bloomberg, Fortune, "If Trump and Kim Are Texting Each Other, It's Probably on an iPhone," 12 June 2018 Holding in the great profusion of nature is complex geometry, unfolding like the symmetries of a kaleidoscope. Glenn Dixon, Smithsonian, "The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rug," 6 July 2018 Yet underlying this magnificent profusion, the laws of physics have restricted the forms of living things in predictable ways, from the molecular level to the most visible body features. Charles S. Cockell, WSJ, "The Limits of Extra-Terrestrial Freakiness," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of profusion

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of profusion

: a large amount of something


pro·​fu·​sion | \prə-ˈfyü-zhən \

Kids Definition of profusion

: a plentiful supply : plenty

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