Definitions

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  • n. The separation of the life instinct from the death instinct as part of the process of maturing into an adult.
  • n. The act of defusing.
  • n. Common misspelling of diffusion.

Etymologies

From de- and fusion (in turn from fuse and -ion). (Wiktionary)
From defuse (in turn from de- and fuse) and -ion, apparently by analogy with fusion, etc. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The problem I have with his theory is the barrier of the defusion of information in Roman times was probably quite high.

    History of Markets, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Cognitive defusion or emotional separation/distancing i.e., observing one's own uncomfortable thoughts without automatically taking them literally or attaching any particular value to them

    Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.: Exploring Sensible Alternatives In Evidence-Based Psychotherapy

  • Further, Newton's assumption that Wallace is the sole practitioner of the artful defusion of 'high brow' pretension by 'street slang' is an overstatement -- recall Joyce's exhausting of the entire practice in his "Oxen of the Sun" episode of Ulysses where the whole history of the English language is satirized, equally, from its inception to his contemporary cockney.

    Omer Rosen: Footnoting David Foster Wallace: Part 1

  • The process is loosely similar to the confusion/defusion cycles of encryption or the repeated mixing phases used for securely anonymous Internet communications.

    Unpredictable elections « Isegoria

  • After an excruciatingly suspenseful bomb defusion sequence, THE SMALL BACK ROOM grants Sammy and Susan a happy ending.

    Archive 2008-10-12

  • It leads to more rapid poverty alleviation and the defusion of social tensions.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • This is not the conduct of responsible leadership that should contribute towards the defusion of a complex situation.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • He appealed to journalists to be responsible during the transitional phase which was characterised by increasing violence and to contribute to its defusion.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • But we have gone far beyond the argument, and proved by multiplied experiment the alleged destruction of all living matter by the briefest exposure to the influence of boiling water to be a defusion.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

  • The inquest for the soldier, who was posthumously awarded the George Cross, concluded that there was nothing anyone could have done to prevent his final and fatal defusion of a bomb in an alley in Sangin, Helmand Province.

    Evening Standard - Home

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