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[pruh-fyoos] /prəˈfyus/
spending or giving freely and in large amount, often to excess; extravagant (often followed by in):
profuse praise.
made or done freely and abundantly:
profuse apologies.
abundant; in great amount.
Origin of profuse
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin profūsus, past participle of profundere to pour out or forth. See pro-1, fuse2
Related forms
profusely, adverb
profuseness, noun
unprofuse, adjective
unprofusely, adverb
unprofuseness, noun
1. See lavish. 3. See ample.
1. thrifty. Unabridged
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  • Horatia thanked him profusely, and after he had left she said to Sarah, 'Oh Sarah, you are rich!

    Sarah's School Friend May Baldwin
  • And then these extra prayers were printed so prettily, they rhymed so profusely.

  • But here, if there be a fault, it is that Art has been allowed to blossom too profusely.

    Garden-Craft Old and New John D. Sedding
  • It is profusely and beautifully illustrated; a handsome volume.

    No Animal Food Rupert H. Wheldon
  • The table was profusely decorated with flowers, and there was a great deal to eat and more to drink.

    An American Girl in Munich Mabel W. Daniels
  • The book is profusely illustrated by Charles Copeland and other artists.

    Wood Folk at School William J. Long
British Dictionary definitions for profusely


plentiful, copious, or abundant: profuse compliments
(often foll by in) free or generous in the giving (of): profuse in thanks
Derived Forms
profusely, adverb
profuseness, profusion, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin profundere to pour lavishly
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Word Origin and History for profusely



early 15c., "lavish, extravagant," from Latin profusus "spread out, lavish, extravagant," literally "poured forth," noun use of past participle of profundere "pour forth," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + fundere "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Meaning "bountiful" is from c.1600. Related: Profusely; profuseness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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