verb (used with object), suf·fused, suf·fus·ing.

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 formssuf·fused·ly [suh-fyoozd-lee, -fyoo-zid-] /səˈfyuzd li, -ˈfyu zɪd-/, adverbsuf·fu·sion [suh-fyoo-zhuhn] /səˈfyu ʒən/, nounsuf·fu·sive [suh-fyoo-siv] /səˈfyu sɪv/, adjectiveun·suf·fused, adjectiveun·suf·fu·sive, adjective

Synonyms for suffuse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for suffuse

Historical Examples of suffuse

  • The knowledge and performance of evil should suffuse one's daily life.

  • What more could be needed to suffuse the world with the deepest meaning and beauty?

    The Sense of Beauty

    George Santayana

  • They are not separately heard by the ear; they blend with the fundamental note and suffuse it, and alter it.

    Creative Intelligence

    John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

  • His veins were beating as though they would burst the vessels in his temples, and suffuse his face with blood.

    In the Roar of the Sea

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • It seemed that she, too, at that moment felt some of the glow that the fall of the Alamo was to suffuse through Texas.

    The Texan Scouts

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for suffuse



(tr; usually passive) to spread or flood through or over (something)the evening sky was suffused with red
Derived Formssuffusion (səˈfjuːʒən), nounsuffusive, adjective

Word Origin for suffuse

C16: from Latin suffūsus overspread with, from suffundere, from sub- + fundere to pour
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Word Origin and History for suffuse

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

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