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effusive

[ih-fyoo-siv]
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adjective
  1. unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve: effusive greetings; an effusive person.
  2. pouring out; overflowing.
  3. Geology. extrusive(def 3).

Origin of effusive

First recorded in 1655–65; effuse + -ive
Related formsef·fu·sive·ly, adverbef·fu·sive·ness, nounnon·ef·fu·sive, adjectivenon·ef·fu·sive·ly, adverbnon·ef·fu·sive·ness, nouno·ver·ef·fu·sive, adjectiveo·ver·ef·fu·sive·ly, adverbo·ver·ef·fu·sive·ness, nounun·ef·fu·sive, adjectiveun·ef·fu·sive·ly, adverbun·ef·fu·sive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for effusiveness

Historical Examples

  • She said pleasant little things about him without any effusiveness.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • Jennie received her aunt with cordiality, but not effusiveness.

  • The Dictator was not an effusive man, and effusiveness did not flourish in his presence.

    The Dictator

    Justin McCarthy

  • It has been said that the General liked the lack of effusiveness of Stephen's reply.

    The Crisis, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • Not less funny was the effusiveness of their affectionate leave-takings.

    Across Patagonia

    Lady Florence Dixie


British Dictionary definitions for effusiveness

effusive

adjective
  1. extravagantly demonstrative of emotion; gushing
  2. (of rock) formed by the solidification of magma
Derived Formseffusively, adverbeffusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for effusiveness

effusive

adj.

1660s, from Latin effus-, stem of effundere (see effusion) + -ive. Related: Effusively.

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