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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. 2018.
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  • It is tall, with a profusion of very large globular flowers.

  • The profusion too, the rich and lavish bounty, of that goodly tavern!

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • She had been weeping, and her hair had fallen in profusion around her shoulders.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • The sides are ribbed with rocks, among which the cyclamens grow in profusion.

  • The stalls of the sovereigns and knights exhibit a profusion of rare carving.

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

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • Ragged and wretched though they were, they wore colour in profusion.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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