profuse

profuse
adjective
1)

profuse apologies

Syn:
copious, prolific, abundant, liberal, unstinting, fulsome, effusive, extravagant, lavish, gushing; informal over the top, gushy
2)

profuse blooms

Syn:
luxuriant, plentiful, copious, abundant, lush, rich, exuberant, riotous, teeming, rank, rampant; informal jungly
Ant:
meager, sparse
••
profuse, extravagant, lavish, lush, luxuriant, prodigal
Something that is profuse is poured out or given freely, often to the point of exaggeration or excess (profuse apologies). Extravagant also suggests unreasonable excess, but with an emphasis on wasteful spending (her gift was much too extravagant for the occasion). Someone who is prodigal is so recklessly extravagant that his or her resources will ultimately be exhausted (the prodigal heir to the family fortune). Another way to end up impoverished is through lavish spending, a word that combines extravagance with generosity or a lack of moderation (lavish praise; lavish furnishings). While lavish, extravagant and prodigal are often used to describe human behavior, lush and luxuriant normally refer to things. What is luxuriant is produced in great quantity, suggesting that it is not only profuse but gorgeous (luxuriant auburn hair). Something described as lush is not only luxuriant but has reached a peak of perfection (the lush summer grass).

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  • Profuse — Pro*fuse , a. [L. profusus, p. p. of profundere to pour forth or out; pro forward, forth + fundere to pour: cf. F. profus. See {Fuse} to melt.] 1. Pouring forth with fullness or exuberance; bountiful; exceedingly liberal; giving without stint; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profuse — profuse; lavish, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant carry as their basic meaning giving out or given out in great abundance. What is profuse seems to pour or be poured forth in abundance, without restraint, or in a stream {profuse apologies}… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • profuse — [prō fyo͞os′, prəfyo͞os′] adj. [ME < L profusus, pp. of profundere, to pour out < pro , forth + fundere, to pour: see PRO 2 & FOUND3] 1. giving or pouring forth freely; generous, often to excess: usually with in [profuse in her apologies] 2 …   English World dictionary

  • Profuse — Pro*fuse , v. t. To pour out; to give or spend liberally; to lavish; to squander. [Obs.] Chapman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profuse — I adjective abounding, abundant, affluent, ample, boundless, bounteous, bountiful, copious, countless, crowded, diffuse, discursive, effusus, endless, excessive, exorbitant, extravagant, exuberant, flush, full, garrulous, generous, illimitable,… …   Law dictionary

  • profuse — early 15c., from L. profusus spread out, lavish, extravagant, lit. poured forth, prop. pp. of profundere pour forth, from pro forth + fundere to pour (see FOUND (Cf. found) (2)). Related: Profusive; profusively …   Etymology dictionary

  • profuse — [adj] abundant, excessive abounding, alive with*, ample, aplenty, bounteous, bountiful, copious, crawling with*, dime a dozen*, extravagant, extreme, exuberant, fulsome, galore, generous, immoderate, lavish, liberal, lush, luxuriant, no end*,… …   New thesaurus

  • profuse — ► ADJECTIVE 1) plentiful; abundant. 2) archaic extravagant. DERIVATIVES profusely adverb profuseness noun profusion noun. ORIGIN Latin profusus lavish, spread out …   English terms dictionary

  • profuse — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin profusus, past participle of profundere to pour forth, from pro forth + fundere to pour more at found Date: 15th century 1. pouring forth liberally ; extravagant < profuse in their thanks > 2.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • profuse — adj. (cannot stand alone) profuse in (profuse in one s apologies) * * * [prə fjuːs] (cannot stand alone) profuse in (profuse in one s apologies) …   Combinatory dictionary

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