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  • n. The state or quality of being diffusive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being diffusive or diffuse; extensiveness; expansion; dispersion. Especially of style: Diffuseness; want of conciseness; prolixity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being diffusive: as, the diffusiveness of odors.
  • n. The quality or state of being diffuse, as an author or his style; verboseness; copiousness of words or expression.


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  • In proportion as charity is methodical, it is apt to become cold; and though we cannot plead for that diffusiveness which is bounded by no prescribed limits, regulated by no order, or influenced by no preferences, yet care should be taken lest it suffer by restriction.

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  • That reminded theologians of a theme of ancient Christian thought, the self-diffusiveness of the divine goodness, itself with a background in the best paganism (the gods are not envious).

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  • After all the novel's divisiveness, here diffusiveness.

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  • The diffusiveness if very low and even with dilution in alcohol it only opens up very little.

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  • Unlike the many fragrant plants that are used in perfumery, tea is a subtle note without much diffusiveness.

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  • Those that turn their noses at neat applications of patchouli may enjoy perfumes that envelop patchouli and utilize its diffusiveness to highlight other ingredients.

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  • Massol, one of those lawyers who mistake the faculty of endless speech for eloquence, who possess the art of boring by diffusiveness, the torment of all meetings and assemblies where they belittle everything, and who desire to become personages at any cost, — Massol no longer wanted the place as Keeper of the

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  • And from this diffusiveness of the nature of good it follows, that the best and most accomplished men are inclined to converse with persons of the highest condition.

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  • No; the illuminating power of this light, its trembling diffusiveness, its bright, clear whiteness, and its low temperature, showed that it must be of electric origin.

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  • Such was its diffusiveness, there being no central point from which the light emanated, that shadows no longer existed.

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