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Examples of suffuse in a Sentence
Morning light suffused the room.
she was suffused with an overwhelming feeling of liberation as her horse broke into a gallop
Recent Examples of suffuse from the Web
Rather than any outward show of police or physical repression, the directors suffuse their drama with a sense of paranoia and constant surveillance, chillingly capturing the fear of one man forced into a moral dilemma.
The treaty signing was a solemn affair, suffused with prayers and the kind of ancient spirituality that has sustained itself in a remarkable way through some very bloody history.
The name suggested a warm place suffused with orange light, to mimic the South American sun.
As seen above, concern for history and politics also suffused his work.
The Larghetto, meanwhile, was sweet and abundantly spacious, the perfect contrast to a Finale suffused with electric energy.
Crewdson carefully constructs his tableaux and then bathes them in soft, suffusing twilight, real and artificial.
Instead, Breitbart News stories fed the opposition, suffusing right-wing radio.
WASHINGTON — With emotions, interest and symbolism high, congressional lawmakers took to the baseball diamond Thursday night for a game normally meant for fun, but now suffused with meaning.
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Did You Know?
If you are cold or embarrassed, your cheeks may become suffused with a red glow, as though coated on one side with paint. This is reflected in the word’s etymology. Suffuse derives from Latin suffundere, meaning "to pour beneath," a blend of the prefix sub- ("under") and fundere ("to pour"). Other verbs related to fundere continue the theme of pouring or spreading: diffuse ("to pour out and spread freely"), effuse ("to pour or flow out"), transfuse ("to cause to pass from one to another"), and the verb fuse itself when it's used to mean "to meld or join."
Synonymsendue (or indue), imbue, inculcate, ingrain (also engrain), inoculate, invest, steep, infuse
Related Wordsanimate, charge, enliven, invigorate, leaven; implant, instill, plant; impregnate, permeate, pervade, saturate; deluge, drown, fill, flood, inundate, overwhelm, submerge
Near Antonymsdeprive, divest, strip; clear, empty; eliminate, remove, take away
Synonym Discussion of suffuse
- new members infused enthusiasm into the club
- a room suffused with light
- imbue students with intellectual curiosity
- clung to ingrained habits
- an electorate inoculated with dangerous ideas
- a serious play leavened with comic moments
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