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
Recent Examples on the Web Summer has its obvious delights, with the profusion of colorful floral baskets, the inviting outdoor decks and the long hours of sunlight. Anchorage Daily News, "It’s Rondy; you’re cold, hungry and downtown. Here’s where to go.," 27 Feb. 2020 Wild orchids grow in profusion, and flycatchers build their cupped nests on low-hanging branches. Peter Browne, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Slow Safari Along Zimbabwe’s Back Roads," 20 Dec. 2019 There has been a recent clamor about it, including a profusion of research studies, because medical professionals are recognizing its serious consequences and the need to treat and prevent it. Washington Post, "Chronic inflammation is frightening. Here’s what you can do about it.," 29 Jan. 2020 More frequent torrential downpours are also overpowering antiquated sewer systems at times, releasing a profusion of raw sewage into waterways, further polluting and degrading water quality. Tony Briscoe,, "How algae blooms and dead zones form in Lake Erie," 14 Nov. 2019 The sheer profusion of actors online has foreclosed their need to be real at all: the armies of bots and the Russian sockpuppets, the corporate tweeps and the AI deepfakes. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "It Doesn’t Matter If Anyone Exists or Not," 24 Feb. 2020 The profusion of edibles, beverages, vapes and concentrates resulted in a smaller market share for the familiar flower. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Colorado sold a record $1.75 billion of cannabis last year," 18 Feb. 2020 In her windowless basement headquarters, the June heat had bargained her down to a red tank top, red lipstick, red nails and a profusion of gold jewelry. Hwaida Saad,, "Finding freedom in a Syria of ever fewer men," 19 Jan. 2020 Tech companies worry that a profusion of regulatory regimes would hinder innovation and raise costs. Karen Leigh, Washington Post, "Cybersovereignty," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of profusion

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2020

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“Profusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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