Definition of profusion in US English:

profusion

noun

  • An abundance or large quantity of something.

    ‘a rich profusion of wildflowers’
    ‘the foxgloves growing in profusion among the ferns’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 choir stalls displayed large bunches of wheat and asparagus ferns, while colour was added by a profusion of dahlias.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It bears a profusion of upright, bottlebrush-like flowers that are deep maroon.’
    • ‘Despite the profusion of individual skills the composite performs considerably more poorly than the sum of its parts.’
    • ‘The stage turns round and there is a profusion of pink.’
    • ‘Jazz piano gets an overhaul in the studio with a profusion of electronic sounds.’
    • ‘Nothing survives of the original garden except the profusion of attractive plant life that engulfs Gordon Town.’
    • ‘Each springtime since, motorists and passers-by have enjoyed the profusion of colour when the trees bloom.’
    • ‘The profusion of the greenery allows feeling comfortable even during July heat.’
    • ‘Around them are landscape paintings and decorations with a profusion of colours.’
    • ‘A profusion of roses, old fashioned and modern, and herbaceous plants scent the air.’
    • ‘Caudwell throws up his hands in despair at the extravagant profusion of theories.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sadly, the profusion of animated logos seems unlikely to abate any time soon.’
    • ‘The profusion reigning everywhere gave birth to luxury and pride.’
    • ‘Nature's abundance and metamorphic energy stimulates a similar profusion in the poet.’
    • ‘One of their noticeable features is the profusion of hollowed-out window decorations.’
    abundance, lot, mass, host, plenitude, cornucopia, riot
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Origin

Mid 16th century: via French from Latin profusio(n-), from profundere ‘pour out’. Early use expressed the senses ‘extravagance’, ‘squandering’, and ‘waste’.

Pronunciation

profusion

/prəˈfjuʒən//prəˈfyo͞oZHən/