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effusive

ef·fu·sive

effusive

 
pronunciation:
ih fyu sihv
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: expressing emotions at undue length or intensity.
I'm tired of his effusive and tiresome apologies.My father is quite reserved, but my mother tends to be effusive.
synonyms:
gushing
antonyms:
reserved, restrained
similar words:
ardent, copious, enthusiastic, extravagant, fervent, profuse, unreserved, unrestrained
definition 2: flowing out or over.
synonyms:
gushing, overflowing
similar words:
streaming
derivations: effusively (adv.), effusiveness (n.)
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The word effusive contains the following parts:
ef- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix ef- is an assimilated form of the prefix ex-, used before roots beginning with f, such as "fac" and "fus." See ex-.
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fus Latin root that means to pour
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).