[ skuh-toor-ee-uhnt, -tyoor- ]
/ skəˈtʊər i ənt, -ˈtyʊər- /
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gushing; overflowing.
overly demonstrative; effusive.
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Origin of scaturient

First recorded in 1675–85; from Latin scatūr(r)ient-, stem of scatūr(r)iēns, present participle of scatūr(r)īre “to gush out, bubble up”; see -ent


sca·tu·ri·ence, noun
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What does scaturient mean?

Scaturient is an adjective that describes something as “overflowing” or “gushing,” like a river. It can also refer to something as emotionally “overflowing,” that is, effusive.

Don’t beat yourself up if you’ve never heard this word. Scaturient is pretty obscure, largely found in older texts. It’s often used to describe natural forces, especially rushing water or abundant life.

Example: Upon inspection, the forest’s river was scaturient with newly hatched tadpoles.

Where does scaturient come from?

Scaturient comes from the Latin verb scatūr(r)īre, meaning “to gush or flow out, bubble up.” It is recorded in English by the end of the 1600s. The word scaturient is rare.

If you’ve never heard of scaturient, here’s a great example of how to use it from Hartley Coleridge’s 1833 Biographia Borealis: “The trees, and the flowers, and the butterflies, the green and fragrant earth, all teeming and scaturient with new species.”

Scaturient lends itself to descriptions of things that are spilling outward or are profuse in amount. The term has extended to describe metaphorical gushes of emotion, for example, scaturient feelings of love.

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How is scaturient used in real life?

If you hear this in contemporary conversation, you’re talking with someone with some real vocab power. You might even describe their vocabulary as … scaturient.

Today, it’s sometimes used as a more poetic way to characterize “overflowing” emotions.


Occasionally, scaturient is used for humorous effect, as when applied to too-full email inboxes.

In older texts, as noted, scaturient is especially used to describe powerful rivers or a place teeming with life.

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Which of the following is an antonym for scaturient?

A. saturated
B. bounteous
C. barren
D. over-the-top