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  • the media was effusive in their praise
  • gave an effusive speech
  • Effusively, Laura greets Carla and Sandi.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • The Hunters were effusive people, or so I’d noticed while letting them in and taking their coats.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key

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  • My mom and I just weren’t that effusive.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • I thanked him effusively, waving with giddy affection as I sailed through one of the unmanned doors into the terminal, where I spotted my friend Billy waiting for me.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • "Is this the right road for Dictionopolis?" asked Milo, a little bowled over by the effusive greeting.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • When Top Cat finally subsided and sank back into his desk, Prophet of the unknown tongue continued the interrupted marathon of Oz, an untranslatable potpourri of grunts and monosyllables, punctuated only by Prophet’s beautifully effusive smiles.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • His answer would be effusive.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • She filled all the spaces with effusive speech, delivered in a high, ringing voice.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns

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  • She stopped Alvah Scarret’s effusive greetings.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • His manner was not effusive.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Basil’s effusive prose summoned our audience: The BCMA will be launching from their Cape Coalwood this Saturday.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Yet White Fang was never effusively affectionate.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He had worn in his young manhood a waistcoat of Nain-Londrin, which he was fond of talking about effusively.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She went up effusive to them both, with not a single touch of embarrassment in her manner or in her smile.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Milo’s office was a barbershop, and his deputy mayor was a pudgy barber from whose obsequious lips cordial greetings foamed as effusively as the lather he began whipping up in Milo’s shaving cup.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Rabbit greeted Cal effusively, as a country man always greets an acquaintance in a strange place.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The expert was effusive.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He sprung his secret about Huck’s share in the adventure in the finest dramatic manner he was master of, but the surprise it occasioned was largely counterfeit and not as clamorous and effusive as it might have been under happier circumstances.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He saw her just as he had seen her in history class, a pencil between her teeth, one hand laid against the nape of her neck, lost behind her effusive hair.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The D.H.C. had at that moment sat down on one of the steel and rubber benches conveniently scattered through the gardens; but at the sight of the stranger, he sprang to his feet and darted forward, his hand outstretched, smiling with all his teeth, effusive.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Sponsored by a major newspaper, the Johannesburg Sunday Times, their team had inspired effusive national pride and had received a personal blessing from President Nelson Mandela prior to their departure.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • "Looks like you just lost your best friend," says Mr. Dorosti, a youthful, effusive man, folding his arms across his linebacker-wide chest.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Her older sister, Margaret, was matronly and dignified, probably from having assumed matronly and housewifely responsibilities too early in life, their mother having died when they were quite young, Margaret was not effusive; she was practical.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • His initial impression was he was a shade standoffish or not over effusive but it grew on him someway.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He tried to get right by inquiring effusively after Mr. Beebe’s mother, an old lady for whom he had no particular regard.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • However, whenever Lou had asked him about her namesake, Jack Cardinal had been effusive in his answer.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • There was an entire absence of effusive benevolence in his manner; there was something almost cold in the gravity of his look and voice.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He was silent and rather awkward, but sometimes, when he was alone with any one, he became talkative and effusive, and would laugh at anything or nothing.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Miriam opened wide her arms toward Marty and Arlene, and rushed to give them effusive hugs.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • George Willard, who had been sitting for an hour idly playing with a lead pencil, greeted him effusively.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • He passed the stewed apricots effusively.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Her experience had been of a kind to teach her, rightly or wrongly, that the doubtful honour of a brief transmit through a sorry world hardly called for effusiveness, even when the path was suddenly irradiated at some half-way point by daybeams rich as hers.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Father Walter and I had an unwritten policy to rescue each other from her effusive praise after Mass.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The Hurree Babu of his knowledge—oily, effusive, and nervous—was gone; gone, too, was the brazen drug-vendor of overnight.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • The quality of Mrs. Bry’s hospitality, and of the tips her husband had presumably imparted, lent to the manner of the English ladies a general effusiveness which shed the rosiest light over their hostess’s future.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • No sooner had they dismounted in the stables than the reception rooms were overflowing with numerous unknown relatives whose unbearable effusiveness was a scourge to Fermina Daza, for she was incapable of ever loving anyone else in this world, she suffered from saddle burn, she was dying of fatigue and loose bowels, and all she longed for was a solitary and quiet place to cry.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • HOPE—(calls to them effusively) Come on and join the party, you broads! Bejees, I’m glad to see you! (The girls exchange a bewildered glance, taking in the party and the changed atmosphere.) MARGIE—Jees, what’s come off here?
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • And so, after this dinner, drawing her aside, he took care to thank her effusively, seeking to indicate to her by the extent of his gratitude the corresponding intensity of the pleasures which it was in her power to bestow on him, the supreme pleasure being to guarantee him immunity, for as long as his love should last and he remain vulnerable, from the assaults of jealousy.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • For Claude Oreale, who had been so effusive with Jacqueline Javier on another staircase in Saint-Honore, had been told by a toothless landlady over the phone to get his sale gueule back to rue Racine and put a stop to the screaming and smashing of furniture that was taking place in his fifth-floor flat.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • ůseparate but all marvellously controlled in an invisible elastic net—danced up and down in Lily’s mind, in and about the branches of the pear tree, where still hung in effigy the scrubbed kitchen table, symbol of her profound respect for Mr. Ramsay’s mind, until her thought which had spun quicker and quicker exploded of its own intensity; she felt released; a shot went off close at hand, and there came, flying from its fragments, frightened, effusive, tumultuous, a flock of starlings.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • She was at her worst—effusive, insincere.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • Clara thanked me effusively and found it ever so lovely, but she never put it on.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • But she had only been a vain, worldly, complacent, effusive little fool.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Her manner is unnaturally effusive.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  Long Day’s Journey into Night
  • Soon afterward a man wearing a suit came in, speaking effusively in Korean.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • The man was packing his bag as Mary and her husband thanked him effusively.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • The welcome was more effusive even than it had been on Staten Island.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • He doffed his hat without effusiveness, as did his companion, Coston Smathers, the furniture man (you furnish the girl, we furnish the house).
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
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