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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
Southern drama and literature is suffused to the point of cliche with family memoirs that are highlighted by the relationships between the white family members (particularly the children) and the black nannies, cooks and housekeepers.
Dietl’s pitch is part law and order, part New York nationalism, all suffused with the drama and heroism surrounding his time as a decorated NYPD detective.
And the op-ed pages have been suffused with claims that the NRA has bought Republicans with blood money, stifling the popular will and thwarting democracy in the process.
His interest has always been in the bottom line, and diplomatic niceties of the kind that have suffused Sino-U.S. relations since Richard Nixon’s epochal 1972 visit to Beijing are useful to him only if progress is being made.
In Carter’s masterpiece, The Bloody Chamber, a collection of short stories based on classic fairy tales, this tension suffuses the book with a thrilling intensity.
The work explores the Biblical roots of misogyny through a combination of rock, gospel and blues suffused with classical and African roots music.
Ronald Reagan, we were told in the 1980s, brought to the White House a worldview suffused with America-boosting Hollywood cliché and informed by dodgy facts.
Named after a John Lee Hooker song, Attica Locke's stupendous fourth novel is suffused with the blues.
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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
SUFFUSE Defined for English Language Learners
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