Profuse vs Plethora - What's the difference?

profuse | plethora |


As a adjective profuse

is in great quantity or abundance.

As a verb profuse

is (obsolete) to pour out; to give or spend liberally; to lavish; to squander.

As a noun plethora is

(usually|followed by of) an excessive amount or number; an abundance.

profuse

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • In great quantity or abundance.
  • She grew profuse amounts of zucchini and pumpkins.
    profuse''' hospitality; '''profuse''' apologies; '''profuse expenditure
  • * Milton
  • a green, shady bank, profuse of flowers

    Verb

    (profus)
  • (obsolete) To pour out; to give or spend liberally; to lavish; to squander.
  • (Chapman)
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    plethora

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (usually, followed by of) An excessive amount or number; an abundance.
  • The menu offers a plethora of cuisines from around the world.
  • * Jeffrey
  • He labours under a plethora of wit and imagination.
  • (medicine, archaic) An excess of red blood cells or bodily humours.
  • Quotations

    * 1849 , *: I pushed my seat right up before the most insolent gazer, a short fat man, with a plethora of cravat round his neck, and fixing my gaze on his, gave him more gazes than he sent. * 1927 , (The Aftermath of Gothic Fiction) *: Meanwhile other hands had not been idle, so that above the dreary plethora of trash like Marquis von Grosse's Horrid Mysteries ..., there arose many memorable weird works both in English and German.

    Synonyms

    * glut, myriad, surfeit, superfluity, slew

    See also

    * myriad

    References

    * “ plethora]” listed in the [2nd Ed.; 1989
    Pronounced: .

    Anagrams

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