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effusion -- as in: effusions of domestic joy
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  • I read her latest effusion about the health care mess.
  • greeted him with effusion
  • For to prevent the effusion of blood, and for the avoiding all other inconveniences likely to grow from the wars now levied in our realm of Narnia, it is our pleasure to adventure our royal person on behalf of our trusty and well-beloved Caspian in clean wager of battle to prove upon your Lordship’s body that the said Caspian is lawful King under us in Narnia ...
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • One Saturday Mrs. E.C.B. stalked into the office with an effusion Mr. Underwood said he refused to disgrace the Tribune with: it was a cow obituary in verse, beginning: 0 kine no longer mine With those big brown eyes of thine…. and containing grave breaches of Christian philosophy.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • The doctor asked me to cough, took my temperature and blood pressure, applied his stethoscope, and announced that I had pleurisy with effusion, pre-tubercular.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • These visions faded when I perused, for the first time, those poets whose effusions entranced my soul and lifted it to heaven.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Her daughters listened in silence to this effusion, sensible that any attempt to reason with her or soothe her would only increase the irritation.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Touching effusion of two old comrades on meeting again.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Was it, as "Batty" pretends, a mere effusion of grief?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • This time he was, however, without any accompaniment, for the sisters were just then pouring out those tender effusions of affection which have been already alluded to.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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  • I was not free to resume the interrupted chain of my reflections till bedtime: even then a teacher who occupied the same room with me kept me from the subject to which I longed to recur, by a prolonged effusion of small talk.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • A warm tingling glow without effusion.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It was not the meanness of his sentimental effusions before Ilya Petrovitch, nor the meanness of the latter’s triumph over him that had caused this sudden revulsion in his heart.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • "Amazing, huh Cedric?" effuses Kelly.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Come, come; this is all an effusion of immediate want of spirits, Edward.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Amy’s face was a study when she saw her sister skim into the next drawing room, kiss all the young ladies with effusion, beam graciously upon the young gentlemen, and join in the chat with a spirit which amazed the beholder.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Katie Boulter gave her a perfume bottle to keep slate water in, and Julia Bell copied carefully on a piece of pale pink paper scalloped on the edges the following effusion: When twilight drops her curtain down And pins it with a star Remember that you have a friend Though she may wander far.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He, she thought must have an inexhaustible love to lavish it upon the crowd with such effusion.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Ever since I’ve been here I’ve had such a loathsome feeling, just as if I’d been reading Gogol’s effusions to the governor of Kalouga’s wife.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • But then, what reams of other manuscripts—filled, not with the dulness of official formalities, but with the thought of inventive brains and the rich effusion of deep hearts—had gone equally to oblivion; and that, moreover, without serving a purpose in their day, as these heaped-up papers had, and—saddest of all—without purchasing for their writers the comfortable livelihood which the clerks of the Custom-House had gained by these worthless scratchings of the pen.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Let us leave it to the reviewers to abuse such effusions of fancy at their leisure, and over every new novel to talk in threadbare strains of the trash with which the press now groans.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • But again she did not finish her effusion; he had asked Izz to go with him, and perhaps he did not care for her at all.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • She could not finish the generous effusion.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • "I saw one of Mr. Tulkinghorn’s long effusions, I think?"
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The prize was delivered to Tom with as much effusion as the superintendent could pump up under the circumstances; but it lacked somewhat of the true gush, for the poor fellow’s instinct taught him that there was a mystery here that could not well bear the light, perhaps; it was simply preposterous that this boy had warehoused two thousand sheaves of Scriptural wisdom on his premises—a dozen would strain his capacity, without a doubt.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The combat was to cease as soon as Prince John should throw down his leading staff, or truncheon; another precaution usually taken to prevent the unnecessary effusion of blood by the too long endurance of a sport so desperate.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Ah, could that bulk only be wafted alongside of them, Lily wished; had she only pitched her easel a yard or two closer to him; a man, any man, would staunch this effusion, would stop these lamentations.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Farmer lingers beside the crib of a little girl with wasted arms and a torso bloated by pleural effusion—caused by extrapulmonary tb.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • It was but an effusion of lively spirits.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Instead, their light effused the sky with an eerie, gray-white glow.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Friend hast thou none; For thine own bowels, which do call thee sire, The mere effusion of thy proper loins, Do curse the gout, serpigo, and the rheum, For ending thee no sooner.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • With this effusion of feeling, Miss Squeers went to bed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But the fact was that he knew very little of the sex; yet detecting a sort of resemblance in style between the effusions of the woman he worshipped and those of the supposed stranger, he concluded that Aphrodite ever spoke thus, whosesoever the personality she assumed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Henrietta was touched; there was nature in this bitter effusion.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • — When Dorothea accepted him with effusion, that was only natural; and Mr. Casaubon believed that his happiness was going to begin.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It was the old New York way of taking life "without effusion of blood": the way of people who dreaded scandal more than disease, who placed decency above courage, and who considered that nothing was more ill-bred than "scenes," except the behaviour of those who gave rise to them.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Like the rest of her ilk, Mrs. Moodie is prone to overwrought effusions, and to the concoction of convenient fairy tales; and for the purposes of truth, one might as well rely on the "eye-witness reports" of a goose.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • She looked into Clifford’s face, and beheld there a soft natural effusion; for his heart gushed out, as it were, and ran over at his eyes, in delightful reverence for God, and kindly affection for his human brethren.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He, in celestial panoply all armed Of radiant Urim, work divinely wrought, Ascended; at his right hand Victory Sat eagle-winged; beside him hung his bow And quiver with three-bolted thunder stored; And from about him fierce effusion rolled Of smoke, and bickering flame, and sparkles dire: Attended with ten thousand thousand Saints, He onward came; far off his coming shone; And twenty thousand (I their number heard) Chariots of God, half on each hand, were seen; He on the wings of…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • And by reading of these Greek, and Latine Authors, men from their childhood have gotten a habit (under a false shew of Liberty,) of favouring tumults, and of licentious controlling the actions of their Soveraigns; and again of controlling those controllers, with the effusion of so much blood; as I think I may truly say, there was never any thing so deerly bought, as these Western parts have bought the learning of the Greek and Latine tongues.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • …their sacred vestments, kneel down during the action (in a place not far from the field), and, lifting up their hands to heaven, pray, first for peace, and then for victory to their own side, and particularly that it may be gained without the effusion of much blood on either side; and when the victory turns to their side, they run in among their own men to restrain their fury; and if any of their enemies see them or call to them, they are preserved by that means; and such as can come…
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • Henrietta was touched; there was nature in this bitter effusion.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • He looks older; is getting prematurely bald; and, in spite of an effusion of goodnature and friendliness, is peevish and sensitive when his advances are not reciprocated.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • FRANK [raising his eyebrows like one on whom a new light has dawned, and rising with quite an effusion of chivalrous sentiment] My dear Viv: why didn’t you say so before?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • In the effusion of feeling excited, the explanation of the preacher was lost by him, all but the last words—words so marvellous that the world yet rings with them: "—this is the SON OF GOD!"
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Once, in an effusion of sympathy, a strange American woman had squeezed Helen’s hand (typical American no-manners); the American had wondered then at how soft and smooth Helen’s skin was.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • Like the Parliament, he had acted thus far in a spirit of moderation, he said, and he was "anxious to prevent, if it had been possible, the effusion of the blood of my subjects, and the calamities which are inseparable from a state of war."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • When the violence of the steward’s feelings had in some measure subsided, he turned to his fellowsufferer, and, with a motive that might have vindicated a worse effusion, he attempted the charitable office of consolation, "Taking it by and large, Master Bump-ho, it’s but a small matter after all," he said.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • The duchess, in her arm-chair, from which she did not move, with a great flower-pot on one side of her, a pile of pink-covered novels on the other, and a large piece of tapestry depending from her lap, presented an expansive and imposing front; but her aspect was in the highest degree gracious, and there was nothing in her manner to check the effusion of his confidence.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • We have watch’d the seasons dispensing themselves and passing on, And have said, Why should not a man or woman do as much as the seasons, and effuse as much?
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
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