American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The state of being profuse; abundance.
- n. Lavish or unrestrained expense; extravagance.
- n. A profuse outpouring or quantity: "A profusion of chiles—mild Anaheim to hot jalapeño—perks up everything” ( Gene Bourg).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Profuse or extravagant expenditure; prodigality; lavishment; waste.
- n. Abundance; lavish supply; superfluity.
- n. Synonyms Abundance, Exuberance, etc. (see plenty), lavishness, superabundance.
- n. abundance; the state of being profuse; a cornucopia
- n. lavish or imprudent expenditure; prodigality or extravagance
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of one who is profuse; a lavishing or pouring out without sting.
- n. Abundance; exuberant plenty; lavish supply.
- n. the property of being extremely abundant
“The guard said, in profusion of the class-struggle snetiment.”
“They blossom in profusion by the creek near here a week or so before Mothers 'Day.”
“Incidentally, the village's name, Tupátaro, means "place of reeds or bulrushes", plants that still thrive in profusion today on the shores of nearby Lake Patzcuaro and are widely used in making modern handicrafts.”
“[T] he insults, the blows, the murders which flow in such awful profusion from the intemperance of husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, fall with heaviest, most crushing force upon woman.”
“Not so very far from here the smaller, traditional, wild daffodils, the kind that inspired Wordsworth and Housman, grow in profusion in woods and by roadsides.”
“There he began writing polemical articles “in profusion,” the biographer Richard Wightman Fox reports, in part to support his mother, who lived with him, and a spendthrift older brother.”
“My neighbour has some elderflowers growing in profusion in the back garden.”
“Raya: stingray, found in profusion in Baja California's Sea of Cortez.”
“Their names and military units are inscribed in profusion around the structure's base, and inside, glass cases are full of the soldiers 'belongings.”
“The profusion is meant to clarify completely my beliefs that these types of symbols (rainbow triangles or what have you) should either all be allowed, or none should be allowed.”
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