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Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Definitions for effusive

  1. Excessively demonstrative; giving or involving extravagant or excessive emotional expression; gushing.

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Citations for effusive
His speeches are embarrassingly effusive; treacle drips from their pages: "I yield to none in my admiration for our teachers, doctors, nurses and police . . . Our public servants are the best in the world, and when given the leadership and investment they need, they achieve world-class standards." Mary Ann Sieghart, Times (London)
The effusive praise of critics has no doubt bolstered Beowulf's popularity. Brendan I. Koerner, U.S. News
Origin of effusive
1655-1665
Effusive, at root meaning "pouring out," comes from Latin effusus, past participle of effundere, "to pour out," from ex-, "out" + fundere, "to pour."