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[suh-fyooz] /səˈfyuz/
verb (used with object), suffused, suffusing.
to overspread with or as with a liquid, color, etc.
Origin of suffuse
First recorded in 1580-90, suffuse is from the Latin word suffūsus (past participle of suffundere). See suf-, fuse2
Related forms
[suh-fyoozd-lee, -fyoo-zid-] /səˈfyuzd li, -ˈfyu zɪd-/ (Show IPA),
[suh-fyoo-zhuh n] /səˈfyu ʒən/ (Show IPA),
[suh-fyoo-siv] /səˈfyu sɪv/ (Show IPA),
unsuffused, adjective
unsuffusive, adjective
cover, pervade, diffuse, bathe, flood. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The blood rushed in a wave to Claytons face and appeared to suffuse even his dark eyes.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • What more could be needed to suffuse the world with the deepest meaning and beauty?

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • The latter must formulate and define; but the principle of the former is to flow, to suffuse, to mount, to escape.

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • The knowledge and performance of evil should suffuse one's daily life.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • Their attachment had been but physical; their affection only make-believe—to colour fact, and suffuse reality with romance.

    Why we should read S. P. B. Mais
  • The color returned to her cheeks, the delicious languor began to suffuse her eyes again.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • At the name of Rochus I saw the blood rise into her cheeks and suffuse her whole face with crimson.

    The Monk and The Hangman's Daughter Adolphe Danziger De Castro and Ambrose Bierce
  • Enough light came through some of those square holes to suffuse the whole crypt dimly.

    Caves of Terror Talbot Mundy
  • From without the imagination can appreciate that glow of pale gold which must there suffuse all things.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • Let hope smooth away the wrinkles from your brow and suffuse your countenance with somewhat of joy.

    The Red Tavern Charles Raymond Macauley
British Dictionary definitions for suffuse


(transitive; usually passive) to spread or flood through or over (something): the evening sky was suffused with red
Derived Forms
suffusion (səˈfjuːʒən) noun
suffusive, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin suffūsus overspread with, from suffundere, from sub- + fundere to pour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for suffuse

1580s, from Latin suffusus, past participle of suffundere (see suffusion). Related: Suffused; suffusing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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