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 Rather, what gives the story, at times, a fleetingly persuasive sense of texture is a zippy profusion of details adorning otherwise merely informational scenes. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Nobody,” Reviewed: Bob Odenkirk in a Delusional Fantasy of Redemptive Violence," 29 Mar. 2021 The result was a profusion of rooms started by and filled with people of color. Steven Levy, Wired, "The Buzzy, Chatty, Out-of-Control Rise of Clubhouse," 17 Mar. 2021 These barriers suggest containment and isolation, and also provide a breather from the profusion of pictures and items. Washington Post, "In the galleries: A towering exhibit offers a new definition of domestic life," 1 Jan. 2021 The aptly named Monica’s will serve as the hotel’s full-service flagship restaurant and bar, with seasonal menus that highlight the profusion of Southern Californian produce. Eric Rosen, Forbes, "The New Hilton Santa Monica Opens Today In Los Angeles," 9 Apr. 2021 But the overall idea of setting Kusama’s repetitive dots against the teeming profusion of a botanical garden is inspired. New York Times, "Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Cosmic Nature’ Dots a Bronx Garden," 9 Apr. 2021 There was basic information in the profusion of political yard signs—mostly Biden-Harris in our immediate vicinity, lots of Black Lives Matter—but, beyond that, who were these people? Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, "A Trump Tableau," 28 Mar. 2021 In a profusion of rooms, people have worried that the entering throngs were ruining Clubhouse. Steven Levy, Wired, "The Buzzy, Chatty, Out-of-Control Rise of Clubhouse," 17 Mar. 2021 The model evokes the nighttime sky with a profusion of brilliant diamonds in prong settings, scattered over the bezel and dial. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, "Richard Mille’s Latest Ladies’ Watches Combine Carbon TPT With Gold and Diamonds," 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of profusion

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Profusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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