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Definition enthusiastic in expressing happiness or approval
  • 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
  • effusively = enthusiastically expressing happiness and approval
  • The Hunters were effusive people, or so I'd noticed while letting them in and taking their coats.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • effusive = enthusiastic in expressing happiness or approval
  • My mom and I just weren't that effusive.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • effusive = enthusiastic in expressing happiness or approval
  • HOPE—(calls to them effusively) Come on and join the party, you broads!
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • 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
  • Yet White Fang was never effusively affectionate.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Basil's effusive prose summoned our audience: The BCMA will be launching from their Cape Coalwood this Saturday.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The mouse recognized him and sat up, washing his face with his front paws and chattering effusively.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • She was at her worst—effusive, insincere.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • She filled all the spaces with effusive speech, delivered in a high, ringing voice.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • The Hurree Babu of his knowledge—oily, effusive, and nervous—was gone; gone, too, was the brazen drug-vendor of overnight.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • I said, although surely I didn't sound quite as effusive now that I was completely faking it.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • Rabbit greeted Cal effusively, as a country man always greets an acquaintance in a strange place.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • His answer would be effusive.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The expert was effusive.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Clarence belted out his high-energy sermon from the pulpit, and his flock responded with even more effusive outcries of their own.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • But she had only been a vain, worldly, complacent, effusive little fool.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • He however was not troubled by obscure meanings; he thanked me effusively and bolted out, calling Good-bye over his shoulder.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim

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