Definition of profusion in English:



  • [in singular] An abundance or large quantity of something:

    ‘a rich profusion of flowers’
    [mass noun] ‘the beautiful pink foxgloves growing in profusion among the ferns’
    • ‘Each springtime since, motorists and passers-by have enjoyed the profusion of colour when the trees bloom.’
    • ‘Around them are landscape paintings and decorations with a profusion of colours.’
    • ‘Instead of taking joy in the profusion of spring blooms, Jane struggles to take a breath.’
    • ‘Barely three months earlier, where now there was such a profusion of colour, there had been manicured ski slopes.’
    • ‘One of their noticeable features is the profusion of hollowed-out window decorations.’
    • ‘Anyone who has used a lead light while camped out on a warm night will know what a profusion of bugs will be attracted to it.’
    • ‘Sadly, the profusion of animated logos seems unlikely to abate any time soon.’
    • ‘Nature's abundance and metamorphic energy stimulates a similar profusion in the poet.’
    • ‘The choir stalls displayed large bunches of wheat and asparagus ferns, while colour was added by a profusion of dahlias.’
    • ‘The initiative aims to inspire more British people to take a short break in England and enjoy the profusion of high quality food and drink available.’
    • ‘Nothing survives of the original garden except the profusion of attractive plant life that engulfs Gordon Town.’
    • ‘The stage turns round and there is a profusion of pink.’
    • ‘Despite the profusion of individual skills the composite performs considerably more poorly than the sum of its parts.’
    • ‘Though we had been led to expect that the latter dish would be a profusion of different ingredients and flavours, John simply could not pick them out.’
    • ‘The profusion of the greenery allows feeling comfortable even during July heat.’
    • ‘A profusion of roses, old fashioned and modern, and herbaceous plants scent the air.’
    • ‘The profusion reigning everywhere gave birth to luxury and pride.’
    • ‘Caudwell throws up his hands in despair at the extravagant profusion of theories.’
    • ‘Jazz piano gets an overhaul in the studio with a profusion of electronic sounds.’
    • ‘It bears a profusion of upright, bottlebrush-like flowers that are deep maroon.’
    abundance, lot, mass, host, plenitude, cornucopia, riot
    plethora, superfluity, superabundance, glut, surplus, surfeit
    quantities, scores, millions, multitude
    sea, wealth
    lots, heaps, masses, stacks, piles, loads, bags, mountains, tons, oodles
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Mid 16th century: via French from Latin profusio(n-), from profundere pour out. Early use expressed the senses ‘extravagance’, ‘squandering’, and ‘waste’.