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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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 Thanks to the premiere of his Steve Carrell-starring movie Beautiful Boy at the Toronto International Film Festival, there’s been a profusion of Timmy content as of late. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, September 14 Edition," 14 Sep. 2018 Its concrete slab floors and steel columns are offset by timber beams and a profusion of succulent green plants; two spiral staircases lead to a second floor. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Aland, Seoul’s Best-Kept (Affordable!) Shopping Secret, Opens a Flagship in Brooklyn," 19 July 2018 The profusions of modern plastics, however, have created repair challenges unlike any known before. Eve M. Kahn, New York Times, "No, Your Furniture Shouldn’t Drip or Burst," 2 Mar. 2018 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

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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 \

Kids Definition of profusion

: a plentiful supply : plenty

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