Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Effusive cordiality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Animated cordiality

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Demonstrative warmth or cordiality of manner; display of enthusiasm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Eagerness; cordiality; demonstrative demeanor.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from (s')empresser, to be eager : en-, in; see en-1 + presser, to press (from Old French; see press1).

Examples

  • Himself is a bulgy, bumptious, plethoric person with a great deal of manner which may be translated by the French word empressement.

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • 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.

    The Island Home

  • Tess said they must do it with empressement, meaning she would furnish an equipage for them to make their rounds in.

    Missy

  • "One of the finest I ever heard -- if not the finest," Mr. Plimpton declared, with a kind of serious 'empressement', squeezing his hand.

    The Inside of the Cup — Complete

  • 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.

    The Kentons

  • But Juan was received with much _ "empressement:" _ --

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 6

  • 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.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer — Complete

  • 'empressement', and not as if you graciously condescended to humor their weaknesses.

    Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1749

  • The empressement of a little dog when he starts any wild thing in the woods!

    February 26th, 2006

  • He looked radiant, and saluted me with much empressement.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

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    December 7, 2008

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    December 7, 2008