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Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Definitions for profuse

  1. Pouring forth with fullness or exuberance; giving or given liberally and abundantly; extravagant.
  2. Exhibiting great abundance; plentiful; copious; bountiful.

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Citations for profuse
Lo and behold, when the time came to pay the check, it turned out that my pants had been torn by a nail strategically located under the table. Profuse apologies and "please don't pay for this dinner" followed. George Lang, Nobody Knows the Truffles I've Seen
Thickets of brambles and vines grew in profuse, obscuring tangles between our house and the road. Reeve Lindbergh, Under a Wing
Origin of profuse
late Middle English
1375-1425
Profuse comes from Latin profusus, past participle of profundere, "to pour forth," from pro-, "forth" + fundere, "to pour."