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 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 When the tulips fade, they’re replaced with profusion zinnias and marigolds, among other things. Tim Woodward, idahostatesman, "As St. Luke’s keeps growing, who keeps it looking beautiful? He just goes by ‘gardener’ | Idaho Statesman," 18 May 2018 The profusion of possible presidential candidates is only one manifestation of a much larger shift in the state's political identity. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, "How California became the blue state alternative to Trump," 15 May 2018 The lava lamp at the lounge-y area with cushy seating might tip you off to that, or the profusion of macrame plant hangers (one holds a basket of fresh citrus at the bar). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's a bar. It's a restaurant. It's the out-of-ordinary Snack Boys in Walker's Point," 1 May 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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