American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Effusive cordiality.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Eagerness; cordiality; demonstrative demeanor.
- n. rare Animated cordiality
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Demonstrative warmth or cordiality of manner; display of enthusiasm.
- French, from (s')empresser, to be eager : en-, in; see en-1 + presser, to press (from Old French; see press1). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Himself is a bulgy, bumptious, plethoric person with a great deal of manner which may be translated by the French word empressement.”
“It proved as he anticipated, for Wakatta, who must have received a highly flattering account of us from Eiulo, was not satisfied until he had bestowed upon each one of us, Johnny included, similar tokens of his regard, Max rushing forward, with an air of "empressement," and taking the initiative, as he had promised.”
“Tess said they must do it with empressement, meaning she would furnish an equipage for them to make their rounds in.”
“One of the finest I ever heard -- if not the finest," Mr. Plimpton declared, with a kind of serious 'empressement', squeezing his hand.”
“Boyne had appropriated one of the prettiest of the pretty bends which the gracious young creature made to right and left, and had responded to it with an 'empressement' which he hoped had not been a sacrifice of his republican principles.”
“But Juan was received with much _ "empressement:" _ --”
“It was after nearly an hour's quiet contemplation, that I began to remember the lateness of the night; an hour, in which my thoughts had rambled from the lovely object before me, to wonder at the situation in which I found myself placed; for there was so much of "empressement" towards me, in the manner of every member of the family, coupled with certain mistakes as to my habits and acquaintances, as left me perfectly unable to unravel the mystery which so evidently surrounded me.”
“empressement', and not as if you graciously condescended to humor their weaknesses.”
“The empressement of a little dog when he starts any wild thing in the woods!”
“He looked radiant, and saluted me with much empressement.”
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