pro·​fu·​sion | \ prə-ˈfyü-zhən How to pronounce profusion (audio) , 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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In her latest collection, the profusion of ruffles, polka dots, and dramatically frilled fabrics take notes from classic Spanish aesthetics, like those seen in the paintings displayed at the Prado museum in Madrid. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, "Step Into the Colorful World of Marta Rios, the Spaniard Hand-Quilting Dresses and Bags," 7 Mar. 2019 To read along in such a chronicle is like watching an expert carver give shape to something otherwise formless or burdened by a profusion of material. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘Becoming Lincoln’ Review: The Center That Held," 15 Feb. 2019 His graphic creations certainly come at a good moment, considering Marine Serre’s shoulder-grazing feathers and Paco Rabanne’s dangling gems, not to mention the profusion of statement earrings on the street. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How These Shapely Statement Earrings Celebrate Coast Salish Culture," 13 Mar. 2019 Long ago, the Austro-Hungarian elite frequented the island, drawn by its agreeable microclimate and a profusion of exotic plants brought over in the 19th century by sea captains from their world-wide travels. Anja Mutić, WSJ, "A Guide to Croatia’s Island Hideouts," 19 July 2018 That profusion of baby's breath alone seemed to usher in a vogue for overlooked '80s-era flowers. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Rodarte's Laura and Kate Mulleavy Talk Gender in Fashion, Floral Infatuations, and Their Dream Beauty Project," 14 Nov. 2018 This allows the filmmakers to run wild, packing the picture with bright, colorful imagery studded with a profusion of real-life online corporate presences. The Seattle Times, "4 movies open the day before Thanksgiving in the Seattle area," 20 Nov. 2018 The profusion of male parts on the walls of the valley is a sign that there are things older than Buddhism in the fairy hills; a vital paganism underlies it. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "Why Everyone Is Traveling to Bhutan," 30 Mar. 2015 Kristov, De Martini, and Taft sketch two ways that the profusion of DERs can be managed, involving different roles for TSOs and DSOs. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of profusion

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of profusion was in 1545

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English Language Learners Definition of profusion

formal : a large amount of something


pro·​fu·​sion | \ prə-ˈfyü-zhən How to pronounce profusion (audio) \

Kids Definition of profusion

: a plentiful supply : plenty

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