Definition of suffuse in English:



  • Gradually spread through or over.

    ‘her cheeks were suffused with color’
    ‘the first half of the poem is suffused with idealism’
    • ‘And Jenkins's achievements - and failure to grasp the supreme power prize - pervade his historical writing and suffuse it with insight.’
    • ‘A member of the carotenoid family, lycopene suffuses fruits with color and offers several healthful properties, particularly for men.’
    • ‘A life of poverty, tradition and religious dread suffuses songs steeped in misery and learnt by word of mouth.’
    • ‘The more the sun wanes the more lustrous become the colours of the encroaching night until the entire picture is suffused first with magenta and finally saturated in deep blue.’
    • ‘But in fact, Shelley was an optimist who wrote poems suffused with faith in human progress.’
    • ‘Chromatherapy is available in eight different colour sequences that suffuse the water with emotionally soothing light.’
    • ‘Amy Sillman's recent show of large oils and jewel-like gouaches was suffused with the color, light and atmosphere of Quattrocento Italy.’
    • ‘Drawing viewers into the first gallery, the syncopated lines of electric-blue text ran up the front and back of each spike, suffusing the room with color.’
    • ‘‘The spirit of Morecambe and Wise gradually suffuses the show, and lots of Morecambe and Wise gags are lifted verbatim,’ says Clive.’
    • ‘With its allusions to dusky rivers, soul, blood, the setting sun, and sleep, the poem is fairly suffused with images of death.’
    • ‘The colored light falls on the painter's large areas of pure local hue and fragments them; it steals across his blindingly harsh white highlights and suffuses them with saturated and pastel hues.’
    • ‘Sweet and spicy flavors, including date, pomegranate, coriander, and cumin, suffuse the foods spread out on a nearby buffet.’
    • ‘Where a dark grey curtain had hidden the hills from sight, a rosy glow gradually deepened and suffused every mountain top in sight.’
    • ‘Yet despite the sinister ideological forces at work, an uncanny tenderness suffuses this poem.’
    • ‘Working in low light without a flash demanded relatively long exposures, and so color suffuses these images.’
    • ‘In most shots, virtually the entire screen is suffused with a red wash, which dominates and assimilates virtually every other colour but black.’
    • ‘The whole plant is suffused with colour and with a gravitas that few other plants can match.’
    • ‘Appalled at his deliberate misunderstanding of her offer to buy him coffee, Serena felt outraged heat suffuse her cheeks.’
    • ‘Zuka refashions the timeless subject into a contemporary painter's dream of color and movement suffused with a satirist's wit.’
    • ‘It is thrilling to see how this desire for deeper spirituality, redemption and grace suffuse the poem even as it ironically ends with the beggar's spirited demands.’
    permeate, spread over, spread throughout, cover, bathe, pervade, wash, saturate, imbue, fill, load, charge, impregnate, inform, steep, colour
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Late 16th century: from Latin suffus- ‘poured into’, from sub- ‘below, from below’ + fundere ‘pour’.