Synonyms & Antonyms of exuberant

joyously unrestrained
  • exuberant crowds rushed to greet the returning national champions in collegiate basketball

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How is the word exuberant distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of exuberant are lavish, lush, luxuriant, prodigal, and profuse. While all these words mean "giving or given out in great abundance," exuberant implies marked vitality or vigor in what produces abundantly.

an exuberant imagination

When can lavish be used instead of exuberant?

The synonyms lavish and exuberant are sometimes interchangeable, but lavish suggests an unstinted or unmeasured profusion.

a lavish party

Where would lush be a reasonable alternative to exuberant?

While in some cases nearly identical to exuberant, lush suggests rich, soft luxuriance.

a lush green lawn

In what contexts can luxuriant take the place of exuberant?

Although the words luxuriant and exuberant have much in common, luxuriant suggests a rich and splendid abundance.

a luxuriant beard

When might prodigal be a better fit than exuberant?

The meanings of prodigal and exuberant largely overlap; however, prodigal implies reckless or wasteful lavishness threatening to lead to early exhaustion of resources.

prodigal spending

When is it sensible to use profuse instead of exuberant?

The words profuse and exuberant are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, profuse implies pouring forth without restraint.

profuse apologies

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The first known use of exuberant was in the 15th century

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“Exuberant.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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