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

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These are identified by the American Peony Society as having as few as 12 petals (instead of the profusion of petals in the more common ruffled flower types) arranged around a large fuzzy stamen, usually a strong yellow. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Highland Park gardener invites us into her own Shangri-la," 15 June 2019 Here are the human residents of the region around the tropical lakes of Equatorial Africa, for whom the seasonal profusion of lake flies serves as more than just a lure for catching fish. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Rivers of Life: The Nile’ Review: Wildlife Takes Over," 13 June 2019 The villa was like a city dweller’s fantasy: a profusion of red-checked curtains, old Norman furniture and rustic pottery. Vince Passaro, Harper's magazine, "Maigret All Day," 22 July 2019 An outsize pergola provides diffuse light over the flagstone patio while the amazing terraced garden beds feature drought-tolerant ornamental species along with a profusion of fruit trees and vegetable plantings. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Casual elegance infuses this modern Mediterranean," 1 July 2019 Gondola ride and fresh paving aside, the most striking change is the park’s profusion of flowers and shrubs and everything green. John King,, "SF’s Transbay transit center rooftop park reopens to public — quietly," 1 July 2019 In her latest collection, the profusion of ruffles, polka dots, and dramatically frilled fabrics take notes from classic Spanish aesthetics, like those seen in the paintings displayed at the Prado museum in Madrid. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, "Step Into the Colorful World of Marta Rios, the Spaniard Hand-Quilting Dresses and Bags," 7 Mar. 2019 To read along in such a chronicle is like watching an expert carver give shape to something otherwise formless or burdened by a profusion of material. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘Becoming Lincoln’ Review: The Center That Held," 15 Feb. 2019 His graphic creations certainly come at a good moment, considering Marine Serre’s shoulder-grazing feathers and Paco Rabanne’s dangling gems, not to mention the profusion of statement earrings on the street. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How These Shapely Statement Earrings Celebrate Coast Salish Culture," 13 Mar. 2019

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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

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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recurring in steady succession

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