V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a lavish or extravagant amount; 2. large quantity of something

Synonyms: abundance, extravagance, lavishness, excess, bounty, plenty, wealth

Antonyms: sparseness, lack, shortage

Tips: Profusion is derived from the Latin profusus, which means "spread out elegantly" or "pour forth." The adjective form of profusion is profuse, which describes anything overflowing or copious. The adverb is profusely. You have probably heard someone say "sweating profusely" or "bleeding profusely." These are literal uses of the word profusely, as they describe something literally pouring foth. For profusion, think of a lavish outpour. Profusion usually refers to something positive, but not always. See the related word effusive for additional analysis.

Usage Examples:

This spring the flowers bloomed in greater profusion than in past years. (abundance)

Relieved and happy, she offered profuse thanks to the man who saved her life. (lavish, overflowing, excessive, effusive) adjective

The popular talk show host received a profusion of get-well cards after his surgery. (abundance, outpour)

After riding the exercise bike for an hour, he was sweating profusely. (excessively, abundantly) adverb

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