Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being profuse; profusion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Extravagance; profusion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state, quality, or habit of being profuse; profusion; prodigality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being extremely abundant

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Examples

  • The youth turned to him angrily and replied, “O packsaddle of an ass, it was the length of the way that hindered me from this and the steepness of the steps and the profuseness of my sweat.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • This justifies the high providence of God, who, though he command us temperance, justice, continence, yet pours out before us, even to a profuseness, all desirable things, and gives us minds that can wander beyond all limit and satiety.

    Areopagitica

  • And even unto the present time the hospitality of the South, shorn of its profuseness and grandiloquence, is frequently the theme of newspaper hacks and magazine penny-a-liners.

    Black and White

  • From the wildest fantasy (which you did not + could not handle through lack of readiness + incisiveness of wit + profuseness of it and through other reasons like Hergeshiemeric tendency to take it easy doing still-lifes) you went (+ I was all for it) to the most complete realism, taking in passing the civil war.

    A Life in Letters

  • Many men have been praised as vividly imaginative on the strength of their profuseness in indifferent drawing or cheap narration:-reports of very poor talk going on in distant orbs; or portraits of Lucifer coming down on his bad errands as a large ugly man with bat's wings and spurts of phosphorescence; or exaggerations of wantonness that seem to reflect life in a diseased dream.

    Archive 2005-01-01

  • Nay even those law-givers that chiefly opposed luxury and profuseness have particularly confined marriage feasts to a set number.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • In these great and noble doctrines indeed you instruct us; but our own observation sufficiently assures us, that the greatest profuseness in a feast appears neither delightful nor genteel, unless beautified by order.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • However, what she withheld from the infant, she bestowed with the utmost profuseness on the poor unknown mother, whom she called an impudent slut, a wanton hussy, an audacious harlot, a wicked jade, a vile strumpet, with every other appellation with which the tongue of virtue never fails to lash those who bring a disgrace on the sex.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • "Many men have been praised as vividly imaginative on the strength of their profuseness in indifferent drawing or cheap narration: - reports of very poor talk going on in distant orbs, or portraits of Lucifer coming down on his bad errands as a large ugly man with bat's wings and spurts of phosphorescence; or exaggerations of wantonness that seem to reflect life in a diseased dream."

    Sex slaves in the U.S.

  • The vegetation is there, glorious in its profuseness and healthiness.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island

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