Diffuse vs Suffuse - What's the difference?

diffuse | suffuse |

Diffuse is a synonym of suffuse.


As verbs the difference between diffuse and suffuse

is that diffuse is to spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means while suffuse is to spread through or over something, especially as a liquid, colour or light; to perfuse.

As a adjective diffuse

is everywhere or throughout everything; not focused or concentrated.

diffuse

English

Etymology 1

(etyl), from (etyl) diffusus, past participle of

Verb

(diffus)
  • To spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.
  • * Whewell
  • We find this knowledge diffused among all civilized nations.
  • To be spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.
  • Food coloring diffuses in water.
    The riot diffused quite suddenly.
    Derived terms
    * diffuser

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) diffusus

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Everywhere or throughout everything; not focused or concentrated.
  • Such a diffuse effort is unlikely to produce good results.
    Derived terms
    * diffusely

    suffuse

    English

    Verb

    (suffus)
  • To spread through or over something, especially as a liquid, colour or light; to perfuse.
  • The entire room was suffused with a golden light.
  • (figuratively) To spread through or over in the manner of a liquid.
  • The warmth suffused his cold fingers.

    Usage notes

    The verb is often used in the passive voice.

    Synonyms

    * diffuse

    Derived terms

    * suffusion * suffusive ----