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 (prə-fyo͞os′, prō-)
1. Plentiful; copious.
2. Giving or given freely and abundantly; extravagant: were profuse in their compliments.

[Middle English, lavish, from Latin profūsus, past participle of profundere, to pour forth : pro-, forth; see pro-1 + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]

pro·fuse′ly adv.
pro·fuse′ness n.
Synonyms: profuse, exuberant, lavish, lush1, luxuriant, prodigal
These adjectives mean marked by unrestrained abundance: profuse apologies; an exuberant growth of moss; lavish praise; lush vegetation; luxuriant hair; prodigal bounty.
Antonym: spare
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.profuseness - the property of being extremely abundantprofuseness - the property of being extremely abundant; "the profusion of detail"; "the idiomatic richness of English"
abundance, copiousness, teemingness - the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply; "an age of abundance"
overgrowth - a profusion of growth on or over something else
greenness, verdancy, verdure - the lush appearance of flourishing vegetation
wilderness - a bewildering profusion; "the duties of citizenship are lost sight of in the wilderness of interests of individuals and groups"; "a wilderness of masts in the harbor"


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However, what she withheld from the infant, she bestowed with the utmost profuseness on the poor unknown mother, whom she called an impudent slut, a wanton hussy, an audacious harlot, a wicked jade, a vile strumpet, with every other appellation with which the tongue of virtue never fails to lash those who bring a disgrace on the sex.
Luxuriant vegetation spread in wild profuseness over this prodigal soil.
The rumor of this extravagant profuseness delighted the hearts of all the shopkeepers in Paris, from the hotel of the Duke of Buckingham to that of the Comte de Grammont nothing but miracles was attempted.
Many men have been praised as vividly imaginative on the strength of their profuseness in indifferent drawing or cheap narration:-- reports of very poor talk going on in distant orbs; or portraits of Lucifer coming down on his bad errands as a large ugly man with bat's wings and spurts of phosphorescence; or exaggerations of wantonness that seem to reflect life in a diseased dream.
He was no doubt of opinion that it was quite good enough for a child to experiment upon, and went his way, when I had thanked him with a profuseness of gratitude I still remember, with an unmoved countenance.
Glegg," said the lady, pouring out the milk with unusual profuseness, as much as to say, if he wanted milk he should have it with a vengeance.
The about 400-km section linking Silchar with Guwahati has been riddled with a profuseness of issues ever since the unveiling of the project.