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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    
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adv praise, thank (= effusively)überschwänglich; (= exaggeratedly)übertrieben; write, sayin überschwänglichem Ton
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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.
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.
(At one point she makes a mistake in her English, saying 'denominating' for 'demeaning', and looks utterly mortified.) Personal relationships are often a clue: activists who seem alone in their private lives may be coming from a place of bitterness or frustration -- but she's not like that, lavishing praise on her support system and fulsomely devoted to her nearest and dearest.
Dominguez noted that the then Aquino administration "fulsomely" accepted the project funded by China on behalf of the Philippine government.
'A blast from the past,' Dominguez said of the article, wherein the Aquino administration 'fulsomely' accepted the China-funded project on behalf of the government when it was completed in 2012, he said.
The reviewer who quibbled about its being 'stronger atmospherically than dramatically' and found 'its episodic, cameo-studded progression, fulsomely decorated and performed, but inevitably rather televisual in organisation' (13) was in the minority.
It is as a critical friend of the BBC that I urge it to apologise formally and fulsomely to Abbott.
Bogle, the founder and longtime leader of The Vanguard Group investment company, was fulsomely hailed as the champion of the small investor.
fulsomely of her love for him, everyone is astounded but no one can
Carwyn's status as an electorallysuccessful politician is indisputable and I'd wager that, as a result, tributes to him from UK commentators (such as they are) will be more fulsomely positive than from closer to home.
Carwyn's status as an electorally-successful politician is indisputable and I'd wager that, as a result, tributes to him from UK commentators (such as they are) will be more fulsomely positive than from closer to home.