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He is critical, but not captious; laudatory, but not fulsome.

His praise was as close to fulsome flattery as it could be and not overstep the mark.

"Blaw his lug," to praise a person in an extravagant or fulsome manner.

It was praised with the most fulsome adulation; assailed with the most violent condemnation.

No adulation was too fulsome for her, no flattery of her beauty too gross.

If the air of the streets be fulsome, then fields be at hand.

Mrs Moffatt was talking about her, gushing over her, in fulsome phrases.

With so much suffering in the world, how fulsome seems that gay music!

And flesh that is Tidie, to terme it rather, Fatte: then Fulsome.

This may sound like flattery, like the fulsome praise of the penny-a-line puffer.

WORD ORIGIN

Middle English compound of ful "full" (see full (adj.)) + -som (see -some (1)). Sense evolved from "abundant, full" (mid-13c.) to "plump, well-fed" (mid-14c.) to "overgrown, overfed" (1640s) and thus, of language, "offensive to taste or good manners" (1660s). Since the 1960s, however, it commonly has been used in its original, favorable sense, especially in fulsome praise. Related: Fulsomely; fulsomeness.

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