Suffuse vs Infuse - What's the difference?

suffuse | infuse |


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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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 ----

    infuse

    English

    Verb

    (infus)
  • 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).
  • * Coxe
  • One scruple of dried leaves is infused in ten ounces of warm water.
  • To inspire; to inspirit or animate; to fill (with).
  • * Shakespeare
  • Infuse his breast with magnanimity.
  • * Shakespeare
  • infusing him with self and vain conceit
  • To instill as a quality.
  • * Shakespeare
  • That souls of animals infuse themselves / Into the trunks of men.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • 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?
  • To undergo infusion.
  • * Let it infuse for five minutes.
  • To make an infusion with (an ingredient); to tincture; to saturate.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • (obsolete) To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to shed.
  • * Denham
  • That strong Circean liquor cease to infuse .

    References

    * 1902 Webster's International dictionary. * 1984 Consise Oxford 7th ed.

    See also

    * fuse ----