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suffuse Syllabification: suf·fuse
Pronunciation: /səˈfyo͞oz/

Definition of suffuse in English:


[with object]
Gradually spread through or over: her cheeks were suffused with color the first half of the poem is suffused with idealism
More example sentences
  • ‘The spirit of Morecambe and Wise gradually suffuses the show, and lots of Morecambe and Wise gags are lifted verbatim,’ says Clive.
  • Where a dark grey curtain had hidden the hills from sight, a rosy glow gradually deepened and suffused every mountain top in sight.
  • Sweet and spicy flavors, including date, pomegranate, coriander, and cumin, suffuse the foods spread out on a nearby buffet.
permeate, spread over, spread throughout, cover, bathe, pervade, wash, saturate, imbue


Pronunciation: /səˈfyo͞oZH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Working with light hues, the artist generates the impression of his motifs melting into a suffusion of light and shade on the computer generated prints.
  • The tall spire of the Town Hall and its contrasting colours of azure and white stood majestically between a glorious suffusion of greenery.
  • It's all here: the suffusion of the scientific with the erotic, the fascination for catastrophe and mutation, the Burroughsian black humour, provocative notions about ‘creative cancer’ and ‘omnisexuality.’
Pronunciation: /-ˈfyo͞osiv/
Example sentences
  • It's almost fruitless to say that design is or needs one thing or another, since design is such suffusive and mercurial thing.
  • The characters' search of their own identities and the struggle that ensues is the most suffusive theme throughout The Great Gatsby.
  • But a truly suffusive atmosphere to make all these elements coalesce into something provocative is absent from the proceedings.


Late 16th century: from Latin suffus- 'poured into', from sub- 'below, from below' + fundere 'pour'.

Words that rhyme with suffuse

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