Sumptuous vs Profuse - What's the difference?

sumptuous | profuse |

As adjectives the difference between sumptuous and profuse

is that sumptuous is magnificent, luxurious, splendid while 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.




(en adjective)
  • Magnificent, luxurious, splendid.
  • * 1764 , :
  • Though poor the peasant’s hut, his feasts though small,
    He sees his little lot the lot of all;
    Sees no contiguous palace rear its head
    To shame the meanness of his humble shed;
    No costly lord the sumptuous banquet deal
    To make him loathe his vegetable meal;
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1829 , author= , title=The Alhambra citation , passage=I wandered on until I came to a sumptuous palace with a garden adorned with fountains and fishponds, and groves and flowers, and orchards laden with delicious fruit.}}
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=April 21 , author=Jonathan Jurejko , title=Newcastle 3-0 Stoke , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Cabaye pulled all the strings in a dominant home performance and capped a majestic individual display with a sumptuous first-time finish into the far corner for his second goal of the afternoon.}}


    * lavish

    Derived terms

    * sumption * sumptuary * sumptuousness




    (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


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