Definition of suffuse in US English:



[with object]
  • Gradually spread through or over.

    ‘her cheeks were suffused with color’
    ‘the first half of the poem is suffused with idealism’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But in fact, Shelley was an optimist who wrote poems suffused with faith in human progress.’
    • ‘With its allusions to dusky rivers, soul, blood, the setting sun, and sleep, the poem is fairly suffused with images of death.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Where a dark grey curtain had hidden the hills from sight, a rosy glow gradually deepened and suffused every mountain top in sight.’
    • ‘Appalled at his deliberate misunderstanding of her offer to buy him coffee, Serena felt outraged heat suffuse her cheeks.’
    • ‘The whole plant is suffused with colour and with a gravitas that few other plants can match.’
    • ‘Sweet and spicy flavors, including date, pomegranate, coriander, and cumin, suffuse the foods spread out on a nearby buffet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A member of the carotenoid family, lycopene suffuses fruits with color and offers several healthful properties, particularly for men.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A life of poverty, tradition and religious dread suffuses songs steeped in misery and learnt by word of mouth.’
    • ‘‘The spirit of Morecambe and Wise gradually suffuses the show, and lots of Morecambe and Wise gags are lifted verbatim,’ says Clive.’
    • ‘Yet despite the sinister ideological forces at work, an uncanny tenderness suffuses this poem.’
    • ‘And Jenkins's achievements - and failure to grasp the supreme power prize - pervade his historical writing and suffuse it with insight.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.