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1. Excessively flattering or insincerely earnest. See Synonyms at unctuous.
2. Disgusting or offensive: "With the stink of decaying corpses so near her cave ... suddenly she felt overpowered by the fulsome reek" (Jean Auel).
3. Usage Problem Copious or abundant.

[Middle English fulsom, abundant, well-fed, arousing disgust : ful, full; see full1 + -som, adj. suff.; see -some1.]

ful′some·ly adv.
ful′some·ness n.
Usage Note: The original meaning of fulsome was "copious, abundant." But fulsome is now most often used of remarks that involve excessive praise or ingratiating flattery, as in Their fulsome compliments were viewed as an awkward attempt at winning approval. This narrower application of the word has become its sole meaning for many educated speakers, to the point where a large majority of the Usage Panel disapproves of the use of fulsome to mean simply "full" or "copious." In our 2012 survey, only 19 percent accepted the use of fulsome as a synonym of full in the sentence You can adjust the TV's audio settings for a more fulsome bass in movie soundtracks. Use of the word as a synonym of copious or expansive found only slightly more takers—21 percent accepted The final report will furnish a more detailed and fulsome discussion of the issues involved. The use of fulsome as a simple synonym of praising without a clear indication of inordinacy or insincerity split the Panel nearly down the middle, with 55 percent accepting the example The research director claimed that the product was a major advance that would improve Web access for everyone, and the marketing VP was equally fulsome in her remarks. Thus it may be best to avoid fulsome except where the context unambiguously conveys the idea that the praise in question is excessive or fawning.
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Adv.1.fulsomely - in an unctuous mannerfulsomely - in an unctuous manner    


adv praise, thank (= effusively)überschwänglich; (= exaggeratedly)übertrieben; write, sayin überschwänglichem Ton
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I have read it, and read it again; and if there is a sentence in it that is not fulsomely complimentary to captain, ship and passengers, I can not find it.
And sons and daughters of his flesh and of the law needs must go with him fulsomely eating out of the gnarled old hand that had half a million to disburse.
The consequence was, that he waxed more fulsomely tender, and more repulsively warm, and I was driven to the very verge of desperation, and about to say I know not what, when I felt my hand, that hung over the arm of the sofa, suddenly taken by another and gently but fervently pressed.
If the organisers are to have any chance of getting paying customers along to another event they need a) to fulsomely apologise for this year's fiasco and b) categorically state that things will run smoothly next time.
Her pace is leisurely, and she comments even-handedly and fulsomely on all of them, providing ample space for discussion of even the most obscure of the short stories.
89) In Galambos, the Supreme Court of Canada has committed itself more fulsomely to the essentialist view.
The anonymous writer then goes on fulsomely to praise "the excellent people of Glen Lynden" and the progress made by the Scottish settlement.
The Israeli government liked what it was hearing; Netanyahu even went on Meet the Press last summer to praise the Green movement fulsomely.
15), yet who ended up friendless, wifeless, unrewarded, and cudgeled by the very officer who so fulsomely had praised him.
The section as a whole is fulsomely illustrated with numerous pages of original texts, plans, sketches and photographs of the various buildings on which Xenakis worked.
Its performance was also fulsomely described in Antonio Hurtado de Mendoza's Fiesta Que se hizo en Aranivez a los anos del Rey Nuestro Senor (1623), an invaluable contemporary document.
It not only fulsomely praises the achievers, but also sends strong messages to those who haven't made the grade.