(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. abundant, extravagant, lavish, liberal, prodigal, bountiful, overflowing, luxuriant, lush, plentiful, copious, prolific, in profusion, generous, free, munificent, unstinting, profligate, wasteful, overliberal, overgenerous, excessive; see also plentiful 1 , 2 , wasteful .
Syn.- profuse implies a pouring or giving forth freely, often to the point of excess [profuse thanks ] ; lavish implies an unstinted, generous, sometimes unreasonably liberal, giving [lavish attentions ] ; extravagant always suggests unreasonably excessive, wasteful spending or giving [extravagant living ] ; prodigal implies such reckless extravagance as to suggest eventual impoverishment [ the prodigal heirs to a fortune ] ; luxuriant suggests production in Great and rich abundance [luxuriant foliage ] ; lush implies such Great luxuriance as my seem excessive [lush tropical vegetation, lush prose ] See also Synonym Study at plentiful .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[pro FYOOS]
pouring out freely or excessively.
Her profuse apologies fell on deaf ears.
SYN.: pouring forth freely, abundant, excessive, free-flowing, overflowing, generous, copious, plentiful, extravagant, lavish, immoderate, prodigal.
ANT.: sparse, thin, limited, meager, moderate
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Growing profusely: dense, heavy, lush1, luxuriant, rank2, thick. See BIG. 2. Given to or marked by unrestrained abundance: extravagant, exuberant, lavish, lush1, luxuriant, opulent, prodigal, riotous, superabundant. See BIG, EXCESS. 3. Characterized by excessive or imprudent spending: extravagant, lavish, prodigal, profligate, spendthrift, wasteful. See CAREFUL, EXCESS, SAVE.

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  • profuse — profuse; lavish, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant carry as their basic meaning giving out or given out in great abundance. What is profuse seems to pour or be poured forth in abundance, without restraint, or in a stream {profuse apologies}… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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