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[pruh-fyoo-zhuh n] /prəˈfyu ʒən/
abundance; abundant quantity.
a great quantity or amount (often followed by of).
lavish spending; extravagance.
Origin of profusion
1535-45; < Latin profūsiōn- (stem of profūsiō) a pouring out, extravagance, orig. libation; see profuse, fusion
Can be confused
abundance, plenty, profusion (see synonym study at plenty)
perfusion, profusion.
1. copiousness, bounty. See plenty. 3. prodigality, profligacy, excess, waste.
1. scarcity. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Napo region, under proper cultivation, would yield the most valuable productions of either hemisphere in profusion.

  • The sides are ribbed with rocks, among which the cyclamens grow in profusion.

  • He admires the profusion of walnuts, chestnuts, wild apples and plums.

  • He touched her now profusion of curls at different cranial points.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • Each story is separated by massive beams, carved in a profusion of ornaments; each window has small leaded panes.

    Brittany Mortimer Menpes and Dorothy Menpes
  • This sort of profusion is very English; and Mr. Wells, too, is essentially English.

    Personality in Literature Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
  • Nature's profusion is almost inexhaustible in this division of her kingdom.

Word Origin and History for profusion

1540s, from Middle French profusion (16c.) and directly from Late Latin profusionem (nominative profusio) "a pouring out," noun of action from past participle stem of profundere (see profuse).

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