suffuse

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

low

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

spread through or over

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The formal word ‘suffuse’ refers to something that permeates and disperses within somebody or something. It is most commonly used in relation to a feeling when discussing a person, and a colour when referring to a thing. This term is typically encountered in written English, particularly in literature.

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Synonyms permeate,pervade
Antonyms evaporate,distil

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  1. Attempts to suffuse sports with politics have met with strong resistance. The majority feel that the two should be kept separate.

  2. After I told Mary the bad news, she was clearly devastated. Her face became suffused with sadness.

  3. The sun was just setting as I drove home from work and it suffused the clouds with a vivid red glow.

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