fulsomeness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fulsomeness smug self-serving earnestness
    • n fulsomeness excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fulsomeness The state or quality of being fulsome, in any sense.
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Quotations

  • George Jean Nathan
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    “A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.”

Usage

In literature:

The Scottish Parliament welcomed King James VII with fulsome adulation.
"An Outline of the Relations between England and Scotland (500-1707)" by Robert S. Rait
His flattering tone was almost fulsome.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She had not dared express her full appreciation, lest she seem fulsome.
"The Tin Soldier" by Temple Bailey
At the flower-booth were four pretty girls: Fanny Dodge, Ellen Dix, Joyce Fulsom and Ethel Mixter.
"An Alabaster Box" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
She had been long ago tired and disgusted with the dull and fulsome uniformity and parade of the play-house and ballroom.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
A wise man will always prefer unjust blame to fulsome praise.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
There has been no fulsome flattery, no bowing the knee to foreign idols, and what has been the result?
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
Everett, Edward, his address to Jackson condemned as fulsome by Adams, 242.
"John Quincy Adams" by John. T. Morse
This, of course, led to fulsome and cringing eulogies.
"The Literature of Ecstasy" by Albert Mordell
For thou shalt find it to thy great grief that there is nothing more fulsome than a she-fool.
"How to be Happy Though Married" by Edward John Hardy
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In poetry:

The gaunt brown walls
Look infinite in their decent meanness.
There is nothing of home in the noisy kettle,
The fulsome fire.
"Interior" by William Ernest Henley
Don't cheer, damn you! Don't cheer!
Silence! Your bitterest tear
Is fulsomely sweet to-day. . . .
Down on your knees and pray.
"Don't Cheer" by Robert W Service
'Twas pursued by the frivolous rabble,
With poisonous lips and eyes;
They drenched it with prurient babble,
And fed it with fulsome lies.
"A Snow-White Lily" by Alfred Austin
Disgorge thy fulsome load, conceal thy shame,
All trifling talk, and vain pursuits disclaim,
Suppress thy wanton heat, thy temper rein,
Amend thy life, from idleness refrain.
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard

In news:

For more than 300 years, the Old South River Club has fostered "fellowship and fulsome discussion" and a social way of life.
Albert Fulsom, 70, of Columbia died at his home.
Albert Fulsom, 70, of Columbia entered into eternal peace Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012, at his home.
Albert Fulsom, 70, of Columbia died at his home.
"This gentleman praised private equity more fulsomely than I could ever do it," Paul Levy, managing director at JLL Partners Inc, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television's "InsideTrack" today.
Liberal Hollywood is basically composed of a tight circle of Clinton loyalists, who appreciate the President's talent for play-acting and his capacity for fulsome prevarication .
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