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Related to suffusive: suffice to say


tr.v. suf·fused, suf·fus·ing, suf·fus·es
1. To spread through or over, as with liquid or light: "The sky above the roof is suffused with deep colors" (Eugene O'Neill).
2. To fill thoroughly or permeate, as with a quality or emotion: music that is suffused with sadness. See Synonyms at imbue.

[Latin suffundere, suffūs- : sub-, sub- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]

suf·fu′sion n.
suf·fu′sive (-fyo͞o′sĭv, -zĭv) adj.
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Adj.1.suffusive - spreading through; "suffusive purple light"
distributive - serving to distribute or allot or disperse
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References in classic literature ?
As he threw down his book, stretched his legs towards the embers in the grate, and clasped his hands at the back of his head, in that agreeable afterglow of excitement when thought lapses from examination of a specific object into a suffusive sense of its connections with all the rest of our existence--seems, as it were, to throw itself on its back after vigorous swimming and float with the repose of unexhausted strength--Lydgate felt a triumphant delight in his studies, and something like pity for those less lucky men who were not of his profession.
After examining a number of first-hand accounts of torture victims, I define torture as the intentional infliction of a suffusive panic.
The repetition of words denoting his suffusive heat underscores the ways in which the intimacy he has to offer seem utterly to envelop and enrapture her separate self.