- the light of the moon was diffused by cloud such ideas were diffused widely in the 1970sspread, spread out, spread around, send out, scatter, disperse; disseminate, distribute, dispense, put about, circulate, communicate, impart, purvey, propagate, transmit, broadcast, promulgatethe light of the moon was diffused by cloud such ideas were diffused widely in the 1970s• literary bruit abroad[Antonyms] concentrate, collect
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- 2 Tania's narrative is rather diffuseverbose, wordy, prolix, long-winded, overlong, long-drawn-out, protracted, discursive, rambling, wandering, meandering, maundering, digressive, circuitous, roundabout, circumlocutory, periphrastic; loose, vagueTania's narrative is rather diffuseBritish • informal waffling[Antonyms] succinct
diffuse or defuse?The verbs diffuse and defuse are quite different in meaning, though they are sometimes confused on account of their similarity in sound. Diffuse means ‘scatter, spread widely’ ( power is diffused and decentralized ). Defuse, on the other hand, means ‘reduce the danger or tension in’ ( the agreement was designed to defuse a dangerous rivalry ).