Effuse vs Suffuse - What's the difference?

effuse | suffuse |


In lang=en terms the difference between effuse and suffuse

is that effuse is to leak out through a small hole while suffuse is to spread through or over something, especially as a liquid, colour or light; to perfuse.

In figuratively|lang=en terms the difference between effuse and suffuse

is that effuse is (figuratively) to gush; to be excitedly talkative and enthusiastic about something while suffuse is (figuratively) to spread through or over in the manner of a liquid.

As verbs the difference between effuse and suffuse

is that effuse is to emit; to give off while suffuse is to spread through or over something, especially as a liquid, colour or light; to perfuse.

As an adjective effuse

is poured out freely; profuse.

As a noun effuse

is (obsolete) effusion; loss.

effuse

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Poured out freely; profuse.
  • * Barrow
  • So should our joy be very effuse .
  • Disposed to pour out freely; prodigal.
  • (Young)
  • (botany) Spreading loosely, especially on one side.
  • an effuse inflorescence
  • (zoology) Having the lips, or edges, of the aperture abruptly spreading, as in certain shells.
  • Verb

    (effus)
  • to emit; to give off
  • (figuratively) to gush; to be excitedly talkative and enthusiastic about something
  • To pour out like a stream or freely; to cause to exude; to shed.
  • * Milton
  • With gushing blood effused .
  • to leak out through a small hole
  • Derived terms

    * effuser

    Noun

  • (obsolete) effusion; loss
  • * Shakespeare
  • Much effuse of blood.
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    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 ----