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Definition of "effusive" []

  • Unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy: an effusive manner. (adjective)
  • Profuse; overflowing: effusive praise. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "effusive" in a sentence
  • "A perfect example of Hodgkin’s sharp personality is the small You Are My Sunshine, which, like a sycophant’s true feelings, contains a snide black core within effusive, almost hyper orange and yellow."
  • "So boring, from the Pierce Brosnan comparison through the description of him as "astute", "effective", "effusive"- sorry that last one describes the tenor of the article rather than the man- it is simply nothing more than p.r."
  • "As he felt the young fellow's eyes upon him he recalled the effusive piety of his conversation at Tyler Sudley's house, his animadversions on violin-playing and liquor-drinking, and Brother Peter Vickers's mild and merciful attitude toward sinners in those un-spiced sermons of his, that held out such affluence of hope to the repentant rather than to the self-righteous."