As verbs the difference between suffuse and infuse
is that suffuse
is to spread through or over something, especially as a liquid, colour or light; to perfuse while infuse
is to cause to become an element of something; to insert or fill.
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To spread through or over something, especially as a liquid, colour or light; to perfuse.
(figuratively) To spread through or over in the manner of a liquid.
- The entire room was suffused with a golden light.
- The warmth suffused his cold fingers.
The verb is often used in the passive voice.
To cause to become an element of something; to insert or fill.
To steep in a liquid, so as to extract the soluble constituents (usually medicinal or herbal).
To inspire; to inspirit or animate; to fill (with).
- One scruple of dried leaves is infused in ten ounces of warm water.
- Infuse his breast with magnanimity.
To instill as a quality.
- infusing him with self and vain conceit
* Jonathan Swift
- That souls of animals infuse themselves / Into the trunks of men.
To undergo infusion.
* Let it infuse for five minutes.
To make an infusion with (an ingredient); to tincture; to saturate.
- Why should he desire to have qualities infused into his son, which himself never possessed, or knew, or found the want of, in the acquisition of his wealth?
(obsolete) To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to shed.
- (Francis Bacon)
- That strong Circean liquor cease to infuse .
* 1902 Webster's International dictionary.
* 1984 Consise Oxford 7th ed.