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  • 1 a diffuse community centered on the church
    spread out, scattered, dispersed, diasporic

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diffuse, defuse
These two verbs sound similar but have different meanings. Diffuse means, broadly, ‘disperse,’ while the nonliteral meaning of defuse is ‘reduce the danger or tension in.’ Thus, sentences such as Cooper successfully diffused the situation are regarded as incorrect, while Cooper successfully defused the situation would be correct. However, such uses of diffuse are widespread, and can make sense: the image in, for example, only peaceful dialogue between the two countries could diffuse tension is not of making a bomb safe but of reducing something dangerous to particles and dispersing them harmlessly. See also scatter

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