What word could I use for someone who is apologizing a lot, for example in I was ____ apologizing to them?
I thought of vigorously apologizing, but it still feels like I’m forgetting a more fitting word.
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The word you are looking for is profusely.
profusely (comparative more profusely, superlative most profusely)
- In great quantity or abundance; in a profuse manner.
The run left him sweating profusely.
Collocations Some verbs commonly collocating with profusely:
- sweat profusely
- apologise profusely
- bleed profusely
- thank profusely
- cry profusely
Pay particular attention to those "collocations". The adverb "profusely" is almost never used outside of those examples (of course, you can also reverse the word order, so "profusely apologize" is perfectly fine).
You could just say
I was deeply apologetic
If you want to suggest the quantity of apology, rather than its vociferousness, then copiously may fit. It would probably fit better as apologizing copiously rather than the reverse order, or to give copious apologies.
Copious - Merriam Webster Yielding something abundantly
The most common phrasing would be ‘I was apologizing profusely to them.’.
Note that ‘profusely’ preferentially comes after the verb it modifies, but it can also come before. It’s typical usage is relatively limited to being paired with a small handful of verbs (bleed, sweat, thank, and apologize are the four most common, cry is seen occasionally, and some others are occasionally used such as chastise, remonstrate, or expostulate). In may contexts, ‘profusely’ often bears an often negative connotation of extreme abundance or excess. The adjectival form ‘profuse’ is used a bit more freely than the adverb, but carries the same connotation of excess or overabundance.
‘apologizing vigorously’ would also be perfectly acceptable, and at least to me would not imply that the apologies were excessive, but more that they were instead enthusiastic and prompt, and possibly not quite genuine.
Depending on context, ‘apologizing vociferously’ may also work, though that usually implies either loud and obnoxious behavior, or incoherent babbling in an attempt to provide an apology, and would also at least for me carry a connotation of the apologies not being truly genuine.
abundantly. I don't think it's used very abundantly, but it's just one of the options. Here is one example:
frequently [ free-kwuhnt-lee ]SHOW IPA
See synonyms for frequently on Thesaurus.com adverb often; many times; at short intervals.
Example: He apologized so frequently, that his apologies meant little.
Also, if used before a noun, you may want an adjective, such as frequent:
Example: This frequent apology stream was getting tiresome.
To convey the meaning of "a lot" or "very much" in relation to apologizing, you can use the adverb "profusely." "Profusely" means in a large amount or to a great degree. It is often used to express sincere apologies or a deep sense of regret. Here's an example:
"I apologize profusely for any inconvenience caused."
In this sentence, "profusely" intensifies the apology, indicating that the speaker is expressing a strong and genuine sense of regret.
Other adverbs that can convey a similar meaning include "deeply," "sincerely," and "heartily." These adverbs can be used to emphasize the extent or sincerity of the apology. However, "profusely" is particularly associated with expressing apologies in a generous or abundant manner.
Remember that the choice of adverb may vary depending on the context and the level of formality. It's important to consider the specific tone and level of emphasis you want to convey when selecting the most appropriate adverb.