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[pruh-fyoo-zhuh n]
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  1. abundance; abundant quantity.
  2. a great quantity or amount (often followed by of).
  3. lavish spending; extravagance.

Origin of profusion

1535–45; < Latin profūsiōn- (stem of profūsiō) a pouring out, extravagance, orig. libation; see profuse, fusion
Can be confusedabundance plenty profusion (see synonym study at plenty)perfusion profusion


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1. copiousness, bounty. See plenty. 3. prodigality, profligacy, excess, waste.


1. scarcity.
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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).

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