profusion

noun pro·fu·sion \ prə-ˈfyü-zhən , prō- \
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

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

Examples of profusion in a Sentence

  1. The flowers grow in profusion.

  2. apples grow in profusion in this valley

Recent Examples of profusion from the Web

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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.

First Known Use of profusion

1545

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PROFUSION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of profusion for English Language Learners

  • : a large amount of something


PROFUSION Defined for Kids

profusion

noun pro·fu·sion \ prə-ˈfyü-zhən \

Definition of profusion for Students

: a plentiful supply : plenty

Word Root of profusion

The Latin word fundere, meaning “to pour,” and its form fūsus give us the roots fund and fus. Words from the Latin fundere have something to do with pouring. To refund is to pour someone's money back to her or him. Confusion exists when too many things are poured together so that they become uncertain and unclear. A profusion is a great quantity that seems to have been poured forth from a plentiful supply.



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