Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To spread through or over, as with liquid, color, or light: "The sky above the roof is suffused with deep colors” ( Eugene O'Neill). See Synonyms at charge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To spread through or over something, especially as a liquid, colour or light; to perfuse.
  • v. To spread through or over in the manner of a liquid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To overspread, as with a fluid or tincture; to fill or cover, as with something fluid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To overspread, as with a fluid or tincture; fill or cover, as with something fluid: as, eyes suffused with tears.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
  • v. to become overspread as with a fluid, a colour, a gleam of light

Etymologies

Latin suffundere, suffūs- : sub-, sub- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin suffundo. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But there are times when he seems unable to: when his emotional reactions get the better of him, and suffuse his public rhetoric on foreign affairs and infuse his specific foreign policies.

    Brent E. Sasley: The Passions of Erdoğan

  • Set to run for six hours, as per his own solstice tradition, the performance will incorporate projections of "The Movement of People Working," an attentive series of documentary films that Mr. Niblock started making in the '70s, as well as music that stands to swell and suffuse the room.

    Experiments With the Solstice in a SoHo Loft

  • And then, just ere our hands met, a twinkle of -- oh -- such distant and controlled geniality quickened the many tiny wrinkles in the corner of the eyes; the clear blue of the eyes was suffused by an almost colourful warmth; the face, too, seemed similarly to suffuse; the thin lips, harsh-set the instant before, were as gracious as Bernhardt's when she moulds sound into speech.

    CHAPTER I

  • Messner regarded her in a way that was almost paternal, what of the profundity of pity and patience with which he contrived to suffuse it.

    A DAY'S LODGING

  • Then the light of the full moon began to suffuse his face, until he exploded with: That was my other dog.

    MOON-FACE

  • Spock allowed it to sweep over and through him, to buffet and suffuse him with impatience, frustration, and a determination to kill.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire

  • If the truths of the Catholic faith do not suffuse these endeavors, the university simply is not Catholic.

    Education

  • Perhaps Dr Nunn will tell us some day if quantum memories are like the human ones that suffuse this room – memories of 30-year-old kisses and of bedtime stories read by one of the RSC's most seductive voices, all locked, perhaps subatomically, in these very walls.

    The Saturday interview: Janet Suzman

  • Partly this is a product of the anxieties that suffuse civilization, about the economy, about terrorism, about global warming.

    Abraham H. Foxman: Conspiracy Theories, Anti-Semitism, and the Delegitimization of Israel

  • And to your mother, Jules, I dedicate all the nascent hydrangea blossoms that will suffuse the barren space in Spring in shades of glorious royal blue.

    Paradis - French Word-A-Day

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