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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
Sunflower hummus with flaxseed crackers sounds like a depressant at a vegan commune, but the creamy swirl of nut butter is suffused with tangy artichoke and almost cheesy thanks to nutritional yeast.
In a West Wing dominated by a scoreboard mentality and suffused by an unusual degree of job insecurity, points scored with the boss have become the only political currency that seems to matter.
Director David Cromer’s production was often very funny, and yet suffused with the sadness of human alienation so unnecessary as to be ridiculous.
Her relationships, for all their persistent frustrations, gave her much joy, and Gary successfully conveys how the delight that Brown took in her merry friends, her summers in Maine, and her work suffused most of her days.
And any educational improvement is likely to come gradually and suffuse into the workforce slowly.
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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